HA NOI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ordered ministries and relevant agencies to work closely together to prevent new strains of avian flu from entering the country.
According to the World Organisation for Animal Health, China recently saw an outbreak of A/H5N2 and A/H5N1 flu in poultry.
Viet Nam recorded the year's first A/H5N1 fatality in the southern province of Binh Phuoc last week.
In the PM's message, the Ministry of Information and Communication was assigned to co-operate with mass media to raise public awareness about the dangers of illegally transporting and trading poultry.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development also directed localities to help residents prevent transmission of the virus from poultry to humans.
Minister Cao Duc Phat said that the localities had to seriously obey the order during Tet, an occasion when poultry smuggling often increased. — VNS