Vietnamese authorities have found the H5N1 bird flu virus in a batch of chickens smuggled over the border from China, officials said on Jan. 13, warning that two northern provinces remained affected. An official in the border province where the chickens were found did not say how many had been brought in illegally, but state media said eight out of 16 samples taken from the birds carried the virus. China, home to the world's biggest poultry population with hundreds of millions of farmers raise birds in their backyards, is seen as a crucial front in the global fight against bird flu. (Reuters)

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