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Nationwide disinfecting campaign launched to curb bird flu

Update: February, 14/2012 - 12:13

HA NOI – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will launch a month-long campaign tomorrow to disinfect locations across the country as a move to prevent the spreading of bird flu, which was reported in six provinces so far this year.

Accordingly, cattle and poultry farms are required to spray chemicals to disinfect the farm and surrounding areas once per week.

Hatching centres also have to take antidotal and disinfecting measures when transporting eggs for breeding and young animals every day. The same goes for slaughtering houses and poultry markets.

Communes will assign staff to take disinfecting measures, which will be funded by the local budget. Local authorities and animal health officers will oversee the hatching centres and slaughtering houses.

At present, six affected provinces are Thanh Hoa, Quang Tri, Soc Trang, Ha Nam, Hai Duong and Hai Phong. According to the ministry's Department of Animal's Health, the bird flu disease is at risk of breaking out due to weather conditions and the shortage of proper vaccines in localities. -- VNS

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