Vietnam is now fully prepared to tackle the H7N9 virus, said Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long, who on April 15 led a mission team to supervise preventive measures in the northern province of Bac Giang, currently a hot spot for entry of smuggled poultry into the country.
Vietnam’s Health Ministry has stepped up control and inspection of poultry and is conducting tests on bred water fowl; old chickens that no longer lay eggs; and pigs and doves being sold at border markets.
Along with the World Health Organization, the Ministry has set up inspection teams and a pandemic control center to brace for H7N9 Avian Flu.
The Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will take samples from 60 markets that sell poultry in the North.
Hanoi hospitals will closely coordinate with seven northern provinces of Cao Bang, Lang Son, Ha Giang, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, and Quang Ninh to share information on the disease and the World Health Organization has already announced full cooperation to combat the disease.
China has so far confirmed 11 fresh cases of H7N9 infection, bringing the number to 66, including 13 fatalities. Two new deaths of one 67 and one 77-year-old have been reported from Shanghai.