|Veterinary staff collect blood samples from a duck in Phong Khe Commune, Bac Ninh City. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
HA NOI (VNS) — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided US$800,000 in aid to help Viet Nam reduce risks from avian influenza and other emerging infectious diseases.
The project, to be carried out from now to September next year, will focus on improving the capacity to apply the One Health approach in Viet Nam.
Implemented in Viet Nam since 2010, the multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach addresses risks that originate at the animal – human – ecosystem interface.
The project would contribute to the development of a revised and improved co-ordination structure on avian and pandemic influenza and other emerging infectious diseases, said USAID Mission Director Joakim Parker.
"It will also support the reinforcement of a national policy dialogue and knowledge sharing mechanism in Viet Nam as well as in regional and international networks. With it, Viet Nam will build on its reputation as a fast-emerging model for dealing with pandemic threats," he said.
USAID, the United Nations Development Programme and the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will work together to carry out the project.
100 chickens with H5N1
Over 100 chickens of a local farm were destroyed yesterday after result of three-day tests showed that the chickens were positive for H5N1 bird flu virus in Central Highland Kon Tum Province's Ngo May Ward.
Previously, Phan Thanh Long – owner of the chicken farm discovered 600 chickens in his farm showing symptoms of bird flu last Thursday. Two days later, 470 chickens were found dead.
Head of the ward's animal health division Luong Thi Hien got high fever and exhaustion after directly coming into contact with the chicken. Hien has received treatment from the provincial General Hospital for being suspected to contract the virus.
In late January, nearly 1,000 chickens were reported to contract the virus in the province. — VNS