Vietnam kills 100,000 birds after avian flu outbreaks spread

Chickens, photo: Jordan Whitt on Unsplash
Chickens, photo: Jordan Whitt on Unsplash

Vietnam has killed more than 100,000 chickens and ducks this year to stop the spread of bird flu, the government said on Monday.

The country has reported outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N1 and H5N6 bird flu strains in 14 provinces, the government said in a statement on its website.

“The risk for the outbreaks to spread on a larger scale is very high,” the statement said. Vietnam has around 460 million birds in the farm industry.

A series of outbreaks of bird flu have been reported in Europe and Asia in recent months. 

Governments are mass killing animals whenever outbreaks are detected as a solution instead of maybe reconsidering the whole farm industry.

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