Laos began to vaccinate poultry in an experiment aided and supported by allied Vietnam, hoping to prevent a resurgence of the deadly H5N1 Avian flu virus.
Some 3,000 ducks and 5,000 chickens in two poultry farms in Vientiane were injected with a trial vaccine provided by Vietnam, who persuaded its Communist neighbor to the West to join the experiment after Laos was hit by H5N1 bird flu outbreaks in January 2004 and July 2006, resulting in the culling of 150,000 and 30,000 birds respectively.
Mr. Somphanh Chanphengxay, deputy director of Laos' National Avian
and Human Influenza Coordination Office, says his office is closely monitoring the effectiveness of the vaccine to see if it can produce immunity in the birds.
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