|Veterinary staff vaccinate poultry to prevent the outbreak of H5N1 influenza. – VNA/VNS Photo Hải Yến |Viet Nam News
TÂY NINH — Tây Ninh Province has directed all local authorities of its border districts to take immediate steps to prevent the outbreak of H5N1 bird flu and foot and mouth disease from Cambodia.
Nguyễn Văn Mấy, director of the southern province’s Veterinary Department, said Cambodia had reported an outbreak of bird flu among its backyard poultry in the south-eastern part of the country.
The virus was detected in chickens in Cambodia’s Svay Rieng region last week. At least 68 birds had died and another 322 had been culled, the Cambodian farm ministry said in a statement posted on the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) website on Tuesday.
Tây Ninh’s Veterinary Department has asked district authorities and officials at border stations to strengthen inspection and prevent traders and residents from getting poultry and cattle into Việt Nam from Cambodia. They have also been instructed to spray chemicals and disinfect vehicles coming from the infected regions.
All livestock and poultry farms as well as households have been ordered to vaccinate their cattle and poultry, spray chemicals regularly and clean their breeding facilities to prevent an outbreak.
The department has also asked province to urgently provide funds for vaccination in five districts in the province. — VNS