Viet Nam Poultry Farmers Hit by H7N9 Virus News02 May 2013
VIET NAM - Poultry farmers are seeing a slump in consumption following unconfirmed reports that the bird flu virus H7N9, which causes human infection, has entered Viet Nam from China.
Consumers are increasingly hesitant to have chicken in their meals following news reports that the new bird flu virus strain has killed several people in China, reports Tuoitre News.
The Vietnamese Health Ministry has warned that the new strain is more dangerous than the H5N1 strain.
Poultry farmers repeatedly suffered losses throughout 2012, and their hope to recoup investment this year has now faded.
Industrial chicken prices have dropped dramatically from VND38,000 per kilogramme (kg) to VND19,500 a kg.ThePoultrySite News Desk