Bird Flu Outbreak in Laos

LAOS - There has been an outbreak of avian influenza, Chinese sources report.
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A bird flu outbreak has been confirmed in Donngeun village, Xayaboury district of Xayaboury province of Laos, Lao newspaper Vientiane Times has reported, according to an official source in China.

Xayaboury district governor, Phompan Souththivohaneas, said that the provincial Avian Influenza Control Committee has declared a red zone which covers areas within a one kilometre-radius of the outbreak. This area includes the seven villages, he said.

All birds in these villages will be slaughtered to prevent the virus from spreading and the movement, consumption and sale of birds throughout the district has been banned until further notice. This ban also includes products made with the blood of poultry.

A yellow zone will be established to include villages that are outside the red zone, but within five kilometers of the outbreak.

Villagers in the yellow zone will be advised to destroy birds at the first sign of illness, without waiting to have them tested for the virus.

Mr Phompan said the district public health office was cooperating with the provincial public health department to monitor people's health, particularly those living in the red zone.

Checkpoints have also been established throughout the district to prevent the movement of poultry. These checkpoints will remain in place until 45 days after the last case of the virus is identified.

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