Ministry warns against acute diarrhea

The Ministry of Health warned of a possible countrywide outbreak of acute diarrhea since rainy weather and floods are conducive to the spread of the condition.

People still sell dog meat on Pham Van Hai Street in Tan Binh District though authorities  ban the sale of special meat due to fear for outbreak of acute diarrhea (Photo: VietnamNet)

Eight northern cities and provinces -- Hanoi, Hai Phong, Bac Ninh, Thanh Hoa, Nam Dinh, Hai Duong, Quang Ninh, and Ninh Binh -- have reported outbreaks of acute diarrhea and cholera.

But in spite of warnings against dog meat, people in charge of overseeing the slaughter and sales of dogs in Ho Chi Minh City remain lax about it.

Dog-meat restaurants on Pham Van Hai Street in Tan Binh District hang roasted dogs. A shop owner said he sells up to 10 dogs each weighing 11-13 kilogram daily, adding that people from the southern provinces of  Tay Ninh and Long An provide the meat and he does not know if the dogs are healthy.

Restaurants on Bach Dang Street in Tan Binh District and Cong Quynh Street and Thi Nghe in District 1 were crowded on Sunday. Some people admitted to eating dog meat two or three times a week without suffering from diarrhea, others said the epidemic only occurred in the north.

None of the eateries have certificates for food hygiene but said official agencies have yet to ask them about it.

In Hanoi, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee, Dao Van Binh, on May 16 made surprise checks of some slaughterhouses in Duong Noi Commune, where there has been an outbreak of cholera and official agencies discovered dog meat to be the culprit.

Even when the inspectors were in the area, slaughterhouses in Tay Mo Ward in Tu Liem District cooked the meat and sold it.

Mr. Binh ordered for erecting road barriers to restrict entry into the ward, and ordered authorities in Duong Noi and the Tay Mo Wards to ban the slaughter and trade of dog meat for 15 days and spray Chloramin B for five weeks to disinfect the area.

By staff writers - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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