Bird flu epidemic and diseases in farm animals including blue-ear and foot-and-mouth in pigs and cattle have been put under control nationwide.

The news was announced by Pham Van Dong, head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Animal Health Department at a meeting of the National Steering Committee for Avian Influenza Prevention in Hanoi on June 4.

However, the committee warned of high risk of outbreak recurring in the coming time, urging local authorities to continue keeping up supervision and intensifying preventive measures, including strict application of quarantine regulations and popularisation of information on avian influenza.

The ministry informed that it had prepared 40 million doses of anti-bird-flu vaccines to be distributed to localities in case of outbreak.

Also at the meeting, the Ministry of Health announced to keep A/H5N1 bird flu on human under control. Vietnam has not recorded any case of H7N9 infections in human.

In another vein, Ho Chi Minh City ’s Cho Ray Hospital said on June 4 that a 61-year-old man had died from A/H1N1 influenza after several days of treatment.

The ill-fated patient, who resided in Dong Thap, was admitted to the Dong Thap General Hospital on June 1, showing flu-like symptoms such as constant coughing and breathing difficulty.

He was shortly transferred to Cho Ray Hospital for intensive care, but passed away on June 3.

Testing results from Cho Ray Hospital and the HCM City Pasteur Institute showed that the patient was positive for A/H1N1.-VNA