Via Xinhua: Vietnam takes intense response to spreading avian flu. Excerpt:
Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai dispatched a public notice on Thursday requiring localities nationwide to take drastic preventive measures to stem the spread of avian flu, local media reported Friday.
As of Feb. 21, poultry infected with the H5N1 virus have been discovered in 17 provinces across Vietnam, with over 61,000 fowls infected and 85,000 others culled, the state-run Vietnam Television reported. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development' s Department of Animal Health, two latest affected localities having epidemic outbreaks are southern Can Tho City and central Thanh Hoa province.
The deputy prime minister urged localities to issue detailed local action plans that specify the responsibilities of relevant units and individuals in dealing with the epidemic, based on the National Committee for Avian Flu Prevention's action plan against avian flu types that might infect humans.
According to Hua Ngoc Thuan, vice chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, the city has asked districts to shut down illegal poultry markets and increase inspections of quarantine stations at the city's gateways to prevent poultry from epidemic- hit localities from entering the city. Relevant agencies of the city have regularly inspected slaughter houses, trading areas and poultry farms, with samples taken for testing.
In central Quang Ngai province, where four sites in Duc Pho district were discovered with avian flu outbreaks, a total of 10, 383 fowls had been culled, while nearly 300,000 doses of vaccines were vaccinated and 900 liters of chemicals sprayed to prevent the epidemic spread.
In Phong Dien district of southern Can Tho City, 2,800 fowls were culled in the latest four outbreaks this month. Some farmers said they already took vaccination for their fowls, but the poultry still died, and results of sample tests showed positive to H5N1.
Local agencies said it might be attributed to the inappropriate, or not fully-dosed vaccines given to the poultry.