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Nation put on bird flu alert

Update: February, 08/2014 - 09:07

HA NOI (VNS)  —The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will allocate 10,000 litres of sterilization chemicals to Bac Ninh Province as part of efforts to prevent bird flu infections in the northern province.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the order and also said that the chemicals must be used in compliance with the State's current regulations.

From February 2-9, the H5N1 virus has been spreading in four localities in the province - Yen Phong and Tien Du districts, Tu Son Town and Bac Ninh City. Nearly 8,000 infected fowls have been killed so far.

In a related move, the Ministry of Health on Thursday sent a message to provinces and cities nationwide urging them to implement measures against the spread of the avian flu virus, saying there is a high risk of it developing into an epidemic.

The ministry required all localities to strictly monitor the situation, stepping up scrutiny at border gates. They should also take steps to ensure that infected people are promptly treated and quarantine those suspected of having the virus.

Health inspectors in border areas have been told to tighten checks on people travelling from epidemic-hit regions and the poultry trade.

Localities have also been asked to crack down on the illegal smuggling of chicken, and to ensure that poultry markets are sterilised and disinfected.

Viet Nam has recorded two bird flu deaths from the H5N1 strain this year. A 60-year-old woman from Mekong Delta Dong Thap Province died on January 28. She had tested positive for the H5N1 virus.

Earlier, on January 18, a 52-year-old man from the southern province of Binh Phuoc died of the H5N1 virus infection despite receiving treatment in HCM City.

Viet Nam has recorded 127 cases of the H5N1 virus infection since 2013, including 64 deaths. — VNS

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