Avian Marek’s Disease Under Control, Health Officials Say

The dangerous Marek’s disease that has killed thousands of chickens in the southern province of Tien Giang, is now under control, said Nguyen Van Khang, the Director of Tien Giang Provinces Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

A health official carries out check on chicken in a local poultry farm

According to recent reports from the local health officials, new cases of dead chickens could only be found in four local poultry farms which amounted to a total of 3,000 fowls.

Mr. Khang said he would ask the Viet Nam CP Corporation, the supplier of breeding chickens, to be responsible for the farmers’ losses.

The Tien Giang Province People’s Committee has decided to provide local chicken breeders with relief aid at VND12,000 to VND15,000 for each dead chicken.

Head of the Long An Province Veterinary Department, Dinh Van The also confirmed their success in keeping the disease under tight control. Yesterday, the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bui Ba Bong arrived in Tien Giang Province to inspect local health officials’ work on curbing the notorious Marek’s disease in chickens.

Also, in a press conference held yesterday on avian Marek’s disease, Vice Director of the HCMC Regional Veterinary Center, Nguyen Xuan Binh listed three factors leading to the outbreak of Marek’s disease. These factors are inheritance from parent chickens to chicks, vaccination and unhygienic living conditions for the poultry.

The total infected chickens discovered in Tien Giang Province are approximately 120,000 birds, 50,000 of which were killed by the disease.

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Source Tuoi Tre Newspaper – Compiled by Khanh Hong

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