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Vietnamese bird flu outbreak spreads to eight provinces

Vietnam has reported outbreaks of A/ H5N1 avian flu in eight provinces, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has stated.

Avian flu outbreaks have been noted in Nam Dinh province in northern Vietnam, and provinces including Ca Mau, Dak Lak, Khanh Hoa, Kon Tum, Long An, Quang Ngai and Tay Ninh in central and southern region, Xinhua has reported.

Cullings have been taking place across the provinces resulting in the death of 30,000 infected birds. Quang Ngai province has been most effected with the death of 5,000 birds. Other provinces are also being put on high alert as some 4 million birds in Quang Nam province have not been vaccinated against the disease yet, the Quang Nam Veterinary Department stated.

Reports suggest that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged the establishment of inspection teams to promote anti-bird flu efforts at localities, especially those vulnerable to the epidemic. The dispatch requested the minister of MARD, who is also the head of the National Steering Committee for Bird Flu Prevention and Control, to take immediate action to prevent the transfer of avian flu to human.

So far this year, Vietnam has reported two cases of human death from A/H5N1 avian flu in southern Binh Phuoc and Dong Thap provinces.

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  • K Ton

    A strategic plan is something in need in Vietnam to control avian flu epidemic. China avian flu vaccine is not a magic bullet here.

  • David Hill

    The human-to-human killer strain will eventually emerge according to Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization and where it is not a matter of time but when. As the vaccine strategy will not save us as shown by the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic and where a vaccine will come too late, we have to adopt the 'Source' strategy and never let it happen in the first place - the strategy that stopped the killer in its tracks in 1997 in Hong Kong and the only one to do so -

    Dr David Hill
    Chief Executive
    World Innovation Foundation

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