Bird Flu Impact in Viet Nam Lessened: FAO

Viet Nam tighten breeding regulation and vaccination popularization aims to control bird flu nationwide

A representative from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations said Vietnam ’s efforts have lessened impacts from bird flu in the country, especially on humans.

Dr. Andrew Speedy was speaking at a conference reviewing the strategy on the prevention and control of bird flu, which FAO co-hosted with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Hanoi on Aug. 13-14.

The FAO official also called on concerned agencies to be cautious when making any change to the strategy and pay more attention to developing human resources in response to the disease in case it becomes a pandemic.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Bui Ba Bong said bird flu outbreaks have become limited to small flocks of fowls that have not yet been vaccinated in line with requirements.

According to the Ministry, bird flu had affected 60,000 fowls in 26 provinces and cost the lives of five people so far this year.
At present, the disease is still affecting Mekong delta Dong Thap and Kien Giang provinces and central Quang Ngai province.

Bird flu first appeared in Vietnam in 2003 and its spread and economic damage has been reduced recently thanks to the country’s concerted actions in tightening breeding regulations and vaccination popularization


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