Ministry calls for vigilance to stop flu viruses, diseases

Update: December, 31/2014 - 08:53
A duck is given a flu vaccination in Trieu Son Commune, Quang Tri Province. The Ministry of Health has urged localities to intensify measures to prevent flu viruses and diseases following reports of avian flu outbreaks in some provinces. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau.

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Health has urged provinces and cities nationwide to intensify measures to preventing flu viruses and diseases in the run up to the Lunar New Year holiday, a move triggered by reports of avian flu outbreaks in some localities.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)'s Animal Health Department said influenza strain A type H5N1 had been recorded in poultry in three communes in the Mekong Delta provinces of Tra Vinh and Vinh Long. The A/H5N6 virus had also been found in Son Tinh District in the central province of Quang Ngai.

Avian flu virus A/H7N9 has been raging in China since 2013, especially in the winter-spring months.

There was likely to be a surge in the demand for food in preparation for the Lunar New Year holiday, which will fall in late February next year, and the trade, transport, and slaughter of unsafe poultry could increase. Respiratory and digestive diseases are also likely to mushroom during that time due to the humid weather, MARD warned.

The Ministry of Health has asked localities to pay special attention to rural and remote areas as well as localities that have previously been hit with the viruses.

Local health departments must tighten supervision in communities and at border gates, and gear up for flu prevention and patient treatment.

They have also been instructed to step up food safety inspections and strictly punish markets, food stores, restaurants and collective kitchens that violate relevant regulations. — VNS