Flu-free Vietnam tightens bird flu controls
Vietnam has remained bird flu-free during the first
nine months of this year, but Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural
Development Bui Ba Bong says that concerted efforts are needed over the coming
months to ensure the country's successful control of the
Members of the National Steering Committee for Bird Flu Control have urged
caution as winter looms, as research has shown that cool air facilitates the
spread of avian
In Ha Tay Province, where most of the country's poultry is located, animal
health workers maintain a 24 hour vigil at 322 communes out of the 14 towns and
districts where poultry are raised.
Provincial authorities have been aggressive in their efforts to control the
disease, having recently spent VND1 billion (US$62,000) for developing
quarantine systems, with a VND1 billion to be spent this year.
The Animal Health Department has also continued its efforts by organising
training courses on biological safety for poultry breeders and launching
campaigns to vaccinate poultry.
Nguyen Thi Lien, a breeder in Chuong My District, said her family members
were very worried when a bird suddenly died at her farm. "We invited an animal
health worker to our house to guide us on the best approach to deal with the
virus. When we discover unusual symptoms in our flock, we have the training and
knowledge to solve the problem," said Lien.
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