The northern mountainous province of Lao Cai has promptly rolled out
measures to prevent the spread of bird flu strains H7N9 and H10N8 from
crossing the border from China.
Nguyen Tien Thanh, deputy
head of the provincial animal health branch, said on February 11 that
his office took samples of sick poultry at five border markets in Lao
Cai city, Bao Thang and Bat Xat districts to better control the
According to Nong Tien Duong, Director of the
provincial Health Department, apart from plans to buy new preventive
tools and Tamiflu, the department has conducted synchronous measures to
manage passengers travelling through the Lao Cai international border
Having recorded no cases of bird flu since 2008, it is
still necessary for Lao Cai to closely control its poultry as it shares
a border with China, where avian influenza is raging.
The central province of Quang Tri is also implementing a range of measures to prevent the spread of bird flu.
According to Le Quang Anh, deputy head of the province’s animal
health branch, Quang Tri has mobilised all resources in the fight
against avian influenza in response to appeals made by the Health
Ministry and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
However, the province, which houses more than 1.8 million heads of
poultry, is now facing a serious shortage of vaccinations, the official
He also pointed to bottlenecks in managing poultry imported from other localities.
Given this situation, Anh stressed the need to enhance the capacity
of animal health workers at the grassroots level along with
strengthening communication channels in order to detect disease hotbeds
in a timely manner.
The Dong Ha market houses the largest
live poultry wholesale area in the central province, where up to 1,000
heads of poultry change hands each day.
Highlands province of Dak Lak on February 11 destroyed 32 swans and 394
ducks after A/H5N1 was found in Hoa Thang commune, Buon Ma Thuot City,
and Ea Ver commune, Buon Don district.
The same day, the
southern province of Binh Phuoc, where a resident died from H5N1, issued
a dispatch, requiring competent agencies to accelerate the prevention
and fight against A/H7N9.
According to the Health Ministry ,
there is a high risk that new strains of avian flu troubling China
could enter Vietnam, and that H5N1 may outbreak again in many
The country recorded two deaths
from H5N1 in the southern provinces of Binh Phuoc and Dong Thap in
January, the ministry said, adding that both victims had been exposed to
China has reported more than 120
human H7N9 cases this year, including 26 deaths, with the provinces of
Zheijang and Guangdong worst affected.-VNA