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Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam has controlled animal-to-human infectious diseases, with no new outbreaks recorded so far, the Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said on June 20.

However, the department recommended regular implementation of preventative measures across the nation, particularly where these diseases once took place.

Concerning bird flu, which is likely to arise in coming months due to changing weather patterns, the agency urged localities to take precautions against a number of virus strains, including H5N1, H5N6 and H7N9. Illegal poultry transport must face strict penalties, it said.

The department also warned farm owners to vaccinate their cattle to protect them from foot-and-mouth disease.

Localities also need to stand ready to combat the Porcilis Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), which is also known as the “blue ear pig disease”, as the disease may reappear in its former hit areas, it said, stressing the need for tightening the management of pig transport and slaughter.-VNA