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Bird flu could spread by bus

Update: September, 18/2014 - 09:14
To prevent the outbreak spreading, authorities destroyed the infected birds and sterilised the poultry farm. They also told residents not to eat infected meat. They also plan to provide supplementary A/H5N6 bird-flu virus vaccination for unvaccinated birds.— Photo toquoc

HA NOI (VNS) — The agricultural ministry has ordered a crackdown on the widespread practice of sending poultry products and live birds by buses in an effort to stop the spread of bird flu.

In recent months, many buses have been found to be carrying live poultry, particularly those travelling on the north-south route.

This made it easy for the bird-flu virus to spread, said Minister Cao Duc Phat at a meeting of the National Steering Committee for Bird Flu Prevention and Control on Tuesday.

He said local authorities should work regularly check bus stations with police and market watch staff.

Authorities in the northern province of Lang Son have reported more than 50 violations of the rule since July. They have seized 143,000 birds used for breeding, more than three tonnes of rejected chicken - and one tonne of pigeon meat.

The A/H5N6 virus has spread to five localities after being detected in central Ha Tinh and northern Lang Son and Lao Cai provinces in mid-August. It was then found in the central provinces of Quang Ngai and Quang Tri.

The steering committee for preventing disease in cattle and poultry in Quang Ngai Province culled 1,000 infected birds on Tuesday.

The birds were traced back to a farm in Tinh An Dong commune, Quang Ngai city. This is the fourth H5N6 bird flu virus case in the province.

The 40-day old flock had been vaccinated, but dozens of them later died and tested positive for the virus.

To prevent the outbreak spreading, authorities destroyed the infected birds and sterilised the poultry farm. They also told residents not to eat infected meat.

They also plan to provide supplementary A/H5N6 bird-flu virus vaccination for unvaccinated birds. — VNS

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