According to the Vietnam Vet Department, bird flu has
been discovered in 41 villages, 18 districts and 8 provinces (Ca Mau, Bac Lieu,
Hau Giang, Vinh Long, Kien Giang, Tra Vinh, Soc TrÄƒng and Can Tho City). The
total number of dead infected fowls is nearly 19,000.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr.
Cao Duc Phat has requested provinces in the Mekong Delta region to prohibit
people to move duck flocks from one village, town or province to another
village, town or province until bird flu is stamped out. He has also issue a
Directive which requests immediate vaccination for all duck flocks. Ducks in
infected villages have to be locked up. Healthy and vaccinated flocks in the
villages where bird flu has been eliminated, or where there is no bird flu at
all, are allowed to run on the fields within the villages' boundaries. All
activities related to the killing of ducks, and duck meat and egg sales must
follow the ministry's regulations.
Poultry killing and selling activities are to be constantly supervised. In
addition, people are asked to lock up and vaccinate poultry, as well as
constantly clean and sterilize coops, and limit contacts with strange poultry,
wild birds and strangers. Local authorities must co-ordinate with the police to
find and stamp out smuggling centres, and guide border villages to persuade
people not to participate in poultry smuggling and to expose violators.
The Vet Department
recently asked the Ho Chi Mihn City area's vet centre and the vet boards of Long
An and Binh Duong to investigate the possibility of poultry's immunity to the
bird flu vaccine. With two shots for every fowl, the protection rate should be
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