The outbreak of avian influenza has been brought under control as the number of H5N1 hotbeds has declined by 33 across Vietnam , the National Steering Committee on Bird Flu Prevention and Control said on March 11.

At present, there remain 39 bird flu hotbeds in 13 provinces. However, anti-flu efforts in some localities are still loose, said Pham Van Dong, head of the Animal Health Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

He cited the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh as a case in point. It is short of animal health staff, thus making the detection and treatment of flu outbreaks ineffective.

According to the Ministry of Health, there have been no new H5N1 patients recorded since February.-VNA