Via VietNamNet Bridge: Grim weather may bring bird flu outbreak. Excerpt:
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan yesterday, Aug 7, said there was a high risk of new bird flu outbreaks due to unfavourable weather conditions weakening the resistance of poultry and ineffective management of poultry transportation in border provinces.
During the past two weeks, bird flu has reappeared in Hai Phong City, with poultry infections numbering as high as 67,000, while the number in Ha Tinh Province was 17,000.
Bird flu outbreaks have so far been reported in the two cities of Hai Duong and Hai Phong, along with the provinces of Quang Binh and Ha Tinh.
According to the Animal Health Department, there will be scattered outbreaks of the disease in some localities in northern provinces during the time to come.
More than three million doses of bird flu vaccine have been allocated to the localities and nearly 100,000 affected chicken, ducks and other birds have been incinerated.
Tan asked the localities and agencies to strictly implement the Prime Minister's directive last week requesting them to strengthen inspection and control of poultry imports to Viet Nam to prevent bird flu.