HANOI: The Department of Agriculture and Forestry in Oudomxay Province, in the northwest of Laos, said authorities have detected the H5N6 avian flu virus in ducks sold at a market in Xay District.
A team from the Department of Livestock and Fisheries, together with officials from Xay District, on Oct 8 collected 61 sample ducks and chickens from a market in Tin Village, Xay Province.
“The animals were tested in a laboratory and proved positive for the H5N6 virus, ” said a statement from the provincial department.
It added that 300-400 ducks and chickens in Oudomxay were imported from abroad through the border checkpoint at Bokeo.
The H5N6 virus, known as bird flu or avian flu, is a subtype of the Influenza A virus.
It mainly affects birds, although there were reports of the virus infecting humans.
Of the four known cases of H5N6 occurring in humans, three were fatal.
Oudomxay Provincial Authorities are prohibiting the import of ducks or chickens from any of the surrounding provinces or from neighbouring countries until further notice. — Laos Times/ANN