February, 14 2012 10:38:46

Ministry inspects regional bird flu prevention, control


Officials vaccinate ducks against H5N1 bird flu in central Quang Tri Province's Trieu Phong District. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is trying to control the disease, which has broken out in many localities throughout the country.—VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau
HA NOI — Seven groups from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development are inspecting bird flu prevention and control in 48 cities and provinces as the disease spreads.

The missions will monitor localities' prevention and control measures against the disease, including preparation of essential materials, equipment, chemicals and poultry vaccinations.

Inspection results will be reported to the ministry's Department of Animal Health before February 25.

According to statistics from the department, bird flu has been reported in six provinces of Thanh Hoa, Quang Tri, Soc Trang, Ha Nam, Hai Duong and Hai Phong.

The department warned that there was a high risk of bird flu spreading further in the near future as a result of unfavourable weather conditions and a lack of appropriate vaccination against the disease.

Northern Hai Phong city is the latest locality to report a bird flu outbreak, which occurred last Friday. Nearly 1,500 ducks raised by a household in Da Phuc Commune in Duong Kinh District showed signs of bird flu from early last week, and a total of 460 poultry have died.

Samples from the poultry tested positive to the disease, said Head of Hai Phong Department of Animal Health Pham Van Cong.

"Local animal health officials have culled all the affected poultry and taken drastic measures to prevent further spread of the disease, including sterilising breeding farms, setting up quarantine stations, vaccinating poultry and banning the transport of poultry and poultry products in high-risk areas," he said.

The ministry has instructed localities to launch a month of sanitation and sterilisation starting from tomorrow to actively fight poultry and animal diseases.

It will focus on cleaning and sterilising breeding farms, markets, slaughtering houses, transport vehicles and poultry products.

The latest bird flu statistics show that so far this year the disease has affected more than 1,800 poultry and forced the slaughter of nearly 7,000 domestic fowl.

Since early this year, the H5N1 virus has also claimed two human lives in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta's Soc Trang and Kien Giang Provinces. — VNS

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