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Bad weather increases risk of bird flu outbreak

Update: March, 14/2012 - 10:34

 

Veterinary staff vaccinate poultry in Cao Xa Commune, Tan Yen District, Bac Giang Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
HA NOI — Unfavourable weather conditions that weaken the resistance of poultry and free-ranging duck flocks are increasing the risk of bird flu outbreaks in southern provinces, according to Hoang Van Nam, acting head of the Animal Health Department.

In the past three weeks, the virus had been detected amongst poultry flocks in northern Bac Ninh, Nam Dinh and Quang Ninh provinces, he said.

So far, more than 66,400 livestock have been incinerated in 14 provinces.

Nam said that to prevent virus transmission, the department had allocated 60 million doses of vaccines to 28 provinces at high risk with additional stocks to be imported.

Deputy Minister Diep Kinh Tan yesterday urged relevant authorities to thoroughly and promptly investigate and respond to any form of poultry disease.

In the mean time, effective measures were needed to incinerate and prevent the transport of affected poultry, he stressed.

Tan called for the continuing vaccination of flocks in southern provinces alongside raising awareness on the risk of farming free-ranging ducks at the moment. — VNS

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