City seizes hundreds of illegally transported poultry

Veterinary Stations in Binh Chanh and Hoc Mon districts Saturday seized over 300 live birds, 130 kilos of chicken and 300 uncertified eggs, which were being illegally traded and transported into the city .

A motor biker illegally transports poultry into the city through Binh Chanh district.

Binh Chanh and Hoc Mon districts border the Mekong Delta provinces of Long An and Tay Ninh, which are major sources of poultry.

The chief of Binh Chanh Veterinary Station, Vo Van Thong said that untested poultry, transported by motorbikes through the district into the city, has been increasing over several days, raising the risk of a bird flu outbreak in the city.

Meanwhile a new outbreak of bird flu has occurred in Dong Trieu District in the northern province of Quang Ninh. The province is currently attempting to cope with an outbreak in Dam Ha District. 

Hundreds of chickens have died since the Tet holidays but residents did not report these to local authorities.

Local authorities only became aware of the outbreak after a resident was hospitalized with suspected flu caused by the H5N1 virus.

Vietnam-Thuy Dien Hospital  took blood samples from the patient. Results have yet to be announced.

By Hai Van-Translated by Viet Khue

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