A worker of the Department of Animal Health gives vaccines to milk cows in a farm in Hung Yen province. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– The cattle foot-and-mouth disease type A has been put under control in the country with only one hotbed left in Ia Sal Commune, Ayum Pa Town in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai as of August 11, according to the Department of Animal Health.

Avian influenzas and blue ear in pigs have also been curbed with no new outbreak reported.

The department advised localities at high risk of foot-and-mouth disease, especially those having cattle breeding facilities, to increase inspections for early detection of suspected outbreaks, set tighter control on livestock transportation and slaughtering, and get all cattle vaccinated.

It urged cities and provinces nationwide to intensify inspections to prevent the smuggling of poultry into Vietnam and impose strict penalties on breaches. The risk of new outbreaks still remains as new types of avian influenzas like A/H7N9, A/H5N2 and A/H5N8 can enter the country through illegal trading of poultry with no clear origin at the border.

The localities also need to keep a close watch on their herds of pigs and strictly conform to quarantine regulations for safe transporting of pigs and pork products.-VNA