Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development has sent an urgent dispatch on February 6 to all provinces and cities nationwide to urge implementation of proper measures to control an H5N1 virus flu outbreak in the country.
Since the beginning of this year, the bird flu virus has reappeared in four communes: in the northern province of Thanh Hoa, the central province of Quang Tri, and the Mekong delta province of Soc Trang. This resulted in authorities destroying 1,683 poultry immediately with a further 4,032 subsequently, most of which were ducks.
Other areas such as the northern provinces of Thai Nguyen and Nghe An, the southern provinces of Bac Lieu and Kien Giang, and Hanoi also reported dead poultry suspected from bird flu.
To make matters worse, two cases of human death from Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 in Kien Giang and Soc Trang were announced by the Ministry of Health in January.
Due to the seriousness and complications of this outbreak, along with unfavourable weather conditions and the increase in poultry slaughtering and lack of suitable vaccines, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has declared a large-scale outbreak of bird flu. Read More