Ban on poultry from China as H7N9 threat looms

With fears of the H7N9 virus entering the country, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has stepped up alert at border gates of seven provinces to ban incoming live poultry, breeders, eggs and related products from China.

Veterinary workers transport illicit chickens to destroy in Lang Son Province (Photo: SGGP)

China is continuing to report several new cases of bird flu, with about 108 cases now and 22 fatalities so far. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has ordered seven northern border provinces of Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Lai Chau and Dien Bien to fully stop any poultry from entering the country from China.

All and any form of sale of poultry and related products via the northern borders has to halt, ordered the ministry.

In related news, Lam Tri Thong, head of the Department of Animal Health in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu, on April 24 said test results of house-bred swallows showed negative for Avian Flu H5N1 virus.

However, further tests will continue to be conducted as threat of H7N9 virus looms.

By Ha My, Song Hy - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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