Ministry of Health urges local governments to prevents bird flu transmission

Because bird flu outbreaks occurred in some provinces are threatening residents’ health,  the Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health yesterday sent a document to local governments, asking to applying measures against bird flu transmission from chicken to people.
Accordingly, the Department of Preventive Medicine asked provincial departments of health where the bird flu outbreaks have been reported to increase information to residents about the disease, closely liaise with veterinary agencies and local governments to supervise and curb the outbreaks.

Moreover, cases of bird flu infection should be early detected for treatment, hence medical facilities must be ready to provide treatment to ill people, prepare medication and equipment and report the disease status to the Ministry of Health and provincial People’s Committees.
The recent outbreaks of A/H5N1 bird flu occurred on the 1,000 strong flock of duckling in a farm in Luong Son commune, Ninh Son District in the central province of Ninh Thuan. Of 1,000 ducks, 220 were diseased and 20 died of the disease.
Before, in the Mekong Delta region veterinary agencies also detected outbreaks of bird flu A/ H5N1 in farms in My Loc Commune in Tam Binh District of  Vinh Long province and Tham Don Commune in My Xuyen District in Soc Trang province.

Meantime, outbreaks of bird flu A/H5N6 were reported in a farm in Xuan Giao Commune in Bao Thang District of the northern province of Lao Cai and two farms in Tinh Ha Commune in Son Tinh District of the central province of Quang Ngai.

By MINH KHANG – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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