Bird flu spreads to third Vietnam location

Bird flu spreads to third Vietnam location

Bird flu spreads to third Vietnam location

Updated 31 March 2012, 0:50 AEDT

Vietnamese health workers are trying to to contain a bird flu outbreak in the capital Hanoi as the H5N1 virus spreads to a fifth location within three weeks, in the country's southern Mekong Delta.

Workers in Hanoi are spraying disinfectant at several poultry farms on the northern outskirts of the city where 2,000 chickens died of the virus or were destroyed earlier this week.

Police and officials manned 24-hour checkpoints set up since Monday leading into the suburban Dong Anh district to quarantine the site of the outbreak, where another 2,000 birds have since been vaccinated.

Authorities say the outbreak has spread to a fifth location in Vietnam since late February, hitting a flock of two-month-old ducks in Can Tho, a city 170 kilometres southwest of Ho Chi Minh City.