Vietnam's agriculture ministry has confirmed an outbreak of bird flu among poultry in the northern province of Thanh Hoa, where a girl was hospitalized with the deadly disease last week. Some 400 chickens in Thanh Hoa's Ba Thuoc district had died of the disease, the agriculture ministry said in a report seen on Jan. 7. In response, authorities in Ba Thuoc, about 150 km (94 miles) south of Hanoi, have slaughtered nearly 8,000 chickens in the area to stop the virus from spreading, the report said. Thanh Hoa is the second province in two weeks to report an outbreak of the bird-borne illness among poultry. (Reuters)

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