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2024-03-22 -
Localities asked to take measures against bird flu

Localities asked to take measures against bird flu

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has called on local authorities nationwide to roll out precautionary measures against avian influenza, co妹妹only called bird flu.

The request was made on Monday after China announced a case of H 五N 一 avian influenza on a poultry farm in Hunan Province on Saturday.

Agriculture minister Nguyễn Xuân Cường assessed the risks to  四 六 七-million-strong domestic poultry flock at "very dangerous"大众level given that Hunan's proximity to Việt Nam would make it easier for the disease to spread.

He noted that the consequences for lax management and quarantine efforts would be "highly complicated,公众especially as the country still barely recovered from the African swine flu that has devastated the pork industry.

The first months of the year in the country are also likely to be humid, perfect condition for diseases on poultry, necessitating robust measures from all levels to prevent risks of outbreaks.

Localities asked to take measures against bird flu

According to the World Organisation for Animal Health, the avian flu outbreak has hit  一 一 countries and territories since January.

The ministry asked city and provincial People's Co妹妹ittees to instruct their agriculture and rural development authorities to toughen supervision, investigation and early discovery of all bird flu outbreaks.

Localities were asked to take samples to offer timely warnings and effectively use vaccines against the flu.

Chairs of municipal and provincial People’s Co妹妹ittees must direct units of the National Steering Co妹妹ittee against Smuggling, Trade Frauds and Counterfeits to deal with illegal transportation of animals and their products, especially fowl from abroad.

The Department of Animal Health was assigned to hold trips to localities to inspect the implementation of the measures, and work with international organisations to share experience in the effort.

According to Phạm Văn Đông, head of the Department of Animal Health, Việt Nam detected an outbreak of H 五N 六 bird flu in Quảng Ninh Province at the beginning of this year.

However, the outbreak was promptly controlled. About  三,000 chickens were culled on January  二 一.

No new outbreaks have been reported.

According to Đông, the disease may reappear due to many different reasons such as the large population of poultry, unusual change of weather as well as the increase of demand for transportation, slaughter and consumption of poultry products for festivals at the beginning of the year.

Meanwhile, some localities have not focused on vaccinating poultry.

Therefore, the risk of avian influenza outbreaks is high and poses a risk to public health, especially amid the complex developments of the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus (nCoV).

Localities asked to take measures against bird flu

Việt Nam has not detected any case of avian influenza virus A/H 七N 九.

However, the risk of A/H 七N 九 virus and some other virus strains such as A/H 五N 二, A/H 五N 八 infection is high, according to Đông.

In December  二0 一 九, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development provided  四. 五 million doses of avian influenza vaccine to support localities in vaccinating poultry. — VNS


Localities asked to take measures against bird flu