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The new strain, 18.104.22.168 C, which
has been detected through epidemic investigations, is highly toxic and
therefore extremely deadly, Diep Kinh Tan, Health Deputy Minister of
Agriculture and Rural Development, said at a meeting held by the National
Steering Committee for Avian Flu Prevention and Control yesterday to review the
The 22.214.171.124 C strain has recently
spread to Vietnam and is now present in affected areas in seven provinces and
cities, namely Hai Phong, Ha Tinh, Ninh Binh, Nam Dinh, Bac Kan, Thanh Hoa and
Quang Ngai, said Hoang Van Nam, head of the Veterinary Department.
As the new strain is different
from the A/H5N1 virus, the ministry has pushed to conduct experiments and tests
to confirm if the vaccines that are being used to combat A/H5N1 are also
effective against the new strain.
If the existing medication is
ineffective, studies on new vaccines against the new strain should be conducted
soon, Tan said, adding that he has asked the Veterinary Department to isolate
the virus for this purpose.
The Central Veterinary Diagnosis
Center is also monitoring and looking into the new strain to help find a
specific medication against it.
181,000 poultry dead
The avian flu has so far this
year severely impacted the seven above-mentioned provinces and cities, with
more than 181,000 ducks and chicken having died or been culled, the Veterinary
Most of these provinces are
involved in smuggling poultry from China that might have carried pathogens that
were then spread to domestic poultry, the department said.
Therefore, Tan asked all
provinces to both prevent the disease and tighten controls over poultry
slaughtering, transportation and trade to detect affected animals.
Among these provinces, Quang Ngai
declared an epidemic of avian flu on September 1 after the disease had spread
to five districts, with nearly 58,000 infected ducks and chickens having died
or been culled.