The National Steering Committee of Bird Flu Prevention said that the disease has occurred in the southern province of Tay Ninh at its meeting in February 5 in Hanoi.
The bird flu occurred in two households in Bau Tep village in Ben Cau District and Co Do commune in Tay Ninh Town with more than 3,438 water fowls have either died or been culled so far.
In addition, Cambodian Ministry of Health announced five people have infected with the disease in January, 2013 and four succumbed to the disease.
More dangerous, all districts that reported deaths are located in the border crossings with Vietnam.
Nguyen Duc Trong deputy head of the Department of Animal Health said smuggled unsafe Chinese chickens have re-occurred in markets Ha Vy and Thuong Tin in Hanoi.
Every day 1-2 tons of illegally imported chickens from border crossings imported into the country as related agencies have practiced lax behavior after two month campaign to crack down on this long-existing problem.
Accordingly, Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and head of the National Steering Committee of Bird Flu Prevention has sent an urgent dispatch ordering municipal and provincial chairpersons to enhance prevention of bird flu to early detect infected chickens, especially in highly vulnerable areas.