Viet Nam Cracks Down on Bird Flu Threat

The National Steering Board of Bird Flu Prevention (NBBFP) announced Monday that newly-hatched chicks must be culled as part of a nation-wide preemptive strike against the deadly virus.

Newly-hatched chicks are culled after September 1

The chicks must be culled after September 1 as the number of newly-hatched chicks continues to increase in spite of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s ban on hatching until February, 2007.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat has warned local leaders and agencies on the spreading of the bird flu virus among unvaccinated or already infected water-fowls and has encouraged an full offensive against possible threats from the virus.

NBBFP asked relevant agencies to tighten controls over the incubation and husbandry of water fowls.

Incubation units will be closed if continued hatching is found and People’s Committees can even decide to stop the hatching of fertilized ducks’ eggs.

Those responsible for newly-hatched chicks before September 1 must vaccinate their entire flock or else the flock will be eliminated without compensation.

Any pilot breeding farms must be approved by authorities and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

To deal with a possible flu epidemic actively, the board will now test and analyze fowl samples on a large scale.

To prevent the spread of the virus from other countries, especially the border regions in the northern province of Lang Son, Minister Cao Duc Phat asked relevant agencies to build up border security to prevent smuggling of goods and poultry products from neighbors.
  
Meanwhile, Dinh Cong Than, head of the Kien Giang Animal Health Branch said that the nation’s veterinary force, market controllers, police, and border guards are all tightening fowl imports at border gates.

The Kam Pot authority made a commitment with the Kien Giang authority on strictly banning poultry transportation between the two countries.

The Mekong Delta province of An Giang also reached an agreement with the two Cambodian provinces of Kandal and Takeo to tighten illegal fowl imports.

As well, the An Giang Animal Health Branch has just culled nearly 2,000 ducks in Chau Doc commune, Phu Tan and Tinh Bien districts.

By B.H, B.D - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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