There has been a further outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in Thailand, in the northeast where Thailand borders Laos, prompting the cull of more than 300,000 hens.
A man infect with the avian influenza virus elsewhere in the country died from the disease last week.
Vice Agriculture Minister Charal Trinwuthipong confirmed that chickens from a village in Nakohn Panom province died of bird flu, and that birds were being culled on 78 nearby farms.
Charal said the outbreak in Nakohn Panom, 740 km (460 miles) northeast of Bangkok, might be caused by H5N1-infected egg trays taken from “the other side” of the border.
Thai authorities are threatening people with a 2,000 baht (US$52) fine for failing to report sick or dead poultry.
Meanwhile, Thai public health authorities have admitted that more than one hundred patients from 14 provinces are suspected of having contracted avian influenza and are currently being monitored and tested.