Bird flu hits new provinces in Vietnam

Bird flu hits new provinces in Vietnam

Bird flu hits new provinces in Vietnam

Updated 19 December 2011, 16:26 AEDT

The government of Vietnam has confirmed the deadly bird flu has spread to two more provinces.

That brings to at least 14 the number affected by the resurgent disease.

Local experts say the virus has spread quickly after being largely curbed since 2005 because Vietnam in February abandoned a two-year ban on hatching ducks and other waterfowl.

But a UN advisor on bird flu Jeff Gilbert says the ban was "not easily enforceable".

Mr Gilbert says that despite the ban, there was a huge number of illegal, nad therefore unvaccinated, ducks produced for the lunar new year in February.

Meantime, A teenage girl has died of bird flu in Indonesia.

Health ministry official Muhammad Nadirin says the 15-year-old died on Tuesday, four days after she was admitted to hospital on the main island of Java.

She fell ill after handling and eating a dead chicken at her home in Kendal district in Central Java.

The bird flu virus has killed almost 200 people and ravaged poultry flocks worldwide since 2003.