Four provinces in Việt Nam have reported six outbreaks of bird flu, according to the Department of Animal Health.
"Việt Nam has not exported live poultry to any country yet", said leader of Department of Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Việt Nam.
The health ministry has asked all provincial health departments to take measures to prevent the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus from entering Việt Nam.
Southern provinces and cities have drawn up a plan for prevention of avian influenza A(H7N9) as requested by the Prime Minister, following several outbreaks in China.
There is an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in Hà Tĩnh City, in the central Hà Tĩnh Province, the agriculture and rural development ministry’s animal health department announced on Sunday.
Tonnes of poultry are illegally traded and slaughtered daily in Hà Nội’s markets raising public concern over the spread of avian influenza in the capital.
Việt Nam has halted the import of poultry and poultry products from two US states, Tennessee and Wisconsin, which have been affected by avian flu.
The Health Department of Hà Nội has launched two hotlines to help prevent the spread of avian flu to humans.
Customs officers of the northern mountainous province of Cao Bằng yesterday seized nearly 1,000 breeding chickens and ducks that were being illegally smuggled into the country from China.
The Health and Agriculture ministries are stepping up surveillance, preventive and control measures against bird flu, especially in border areas, following alarming reports from China.