February 10, 2020
Vietnam government urges localities to act against bird flu
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has called on local authorities nationwide to take precautions against bird flu, Viet Nam News reported last week.
The request came after the outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in Hunan Province in China.
Agriculture minister Nguyễn Xuân Cường assessed the risk to Vietnam's 467-million-strong domestic poultry flock to be at a "very dangerous" level given Hunan's close proximity.
He added that the consequences for lax management and quarantine efforts would be "highly complicated," especially as the country has barely recovered from African swine fever.
The first quarter of 2020 is also likely to be humid, creating perfect conditions for poultry diseases.
The ministry asked city and provincial People's Committees to instruct their agriculture and rural development authorities to toughen supervision, investigation and early discovery of all bird flu outbreaks.
Localities were asked to take samples to provide timely warnings and effectively use vaccines against the flu. Some localities were reported to have not focused on vaccinating poultry. In December 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development provided 4.5 million doses of avian influenza vaccine to localities.
Chairs of municipal and provincial People's Committees were told to direct units of the National Steering Committee against Smuggling, Trade Frauds and Counterfeits to deal with illegal transportation of animals and their products, especially birds from abroad.
According to Phạm Văn Đông, head of the Department of Animal Health, an outbreak of H5N6 bird flu was detected in Quảng Ninh Province last month: /contents/02-10-2020/4e0b119e-cb48-4e78-b6f9-0c4560ebe6ef-0012.html