October 25, 2007


Vietnam points China for fatal H5N1 virus



Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) blames China for fatal H5N1 virus originated that existed in northern and Mekong Delta provinces.


The National Steering Committee for Bird Flu Prevention and Control in Hanoi on Tuesday said the human infecting Fujian-like Virues tip 2 virus found in affected Vietnamese provinces has been found in Fujian province. 


Agriculture Minister Cao Duc Phat said with the virus becoming more and more dangerous, he urged cities and provinces nationwide to continue being vigilant despite containing the disease.


He also instructed the Animal Heath Department to tighten control over the transport of poultry. Five million birds are carried from the north to the south weekly.


The minister also ordered a ramping up of public awareness campaigning and preventive measures, as well as more poultry vaccinations.


Vietnam declared itself bird-flu free for the past 21 days. The disease hit in 2003 and was successfully controlled. The virus returned in May this year and spread to 18 areas. 


Four people have been killed by bird flu this year in Vietnam, bringing the human death toll to 46.


The MARD last week issued a ban on poultry breeding and hatching in urban areas in an effort to put the pandemic under control.


As of October 24, forty cities and provinces have vaccinated 62.59 million poultry and waterfowls.


The Department also reported the existence of blue-ear disease in central Khanh Hoa province, northern Hai Duong province and southernmost Ca Mau province.