|A/H5N1 avian flu killed more than 6,800 fowl in northern Lao Cai province from February 10-15, said Ma Quang Trung, head of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.— File Photo
HANOI (VNS)— Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat has given the go ahead an emergency plan to prevent an outbreak of the H7N9 virus.
To prevent H7N9 from entering the country, the Ministry is banning all sales and transports of poultry across the border.
A/H5N1 avian flu killed more than 6,800 fowl in northern Lao Cai province from February 10-15, said Ma Quang Trung, head of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Lao Cai Province has banned all poultry from being sold at markets.
The situation is also being monitored at immigration points in Cam Ranh, Nha Trang and Van Phong in central Viet Nam.
China confirmed last week there had been 185 cases of human H7N9 virus with 47 deaths.
The ministry noted that the virus has already been detected in samples from poultry markets. However, poultry products are safe for people if they are slaughtered and processed in the right way.
Viet Nam has seen outbreaks of A/ H5N1 avian flu in 10 provinces (Dak Lak, Long An, Kon Tum, Tay Ninh, Ca Mau, Khanh Hoa, Quang Ngai, Nam Dinh, Phu Yen and Lao Cai) according to the Department of Animal Health under MARD.
The department has started collecting samples from markets in Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Quang Ninh, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Ha Noi and Hung Yen and plans to send out 15 groups of inspectors to monitor the situation.
Deputy Agriculture Minister Vu Van Tam is leading a delegation to northern border Quang Ninh and Lang Son provinces. A conference is scheduled to be held today by agriculture officials. — VNS