Three outbreaks of H5N1 bird flu and foot-and mouth disease were reported in the Southern provinces of Vinh Long, Binh Duong, the central province of Ninh Thuan, Nghe An and the central highlands province of Dak Lak.
The news was released at a meeting of the National Steering Board for Cattle and Poultry Epidemic Prevention and Control in Hanoi on September 15. Mr. Pham Van Dong, head of the Department of Veterinary under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that bird flu and foot-and mouth disease re-occurred in some localities in the country.
While the northern province of Lao Cai and the central province of Quang Ngai are free from bird flu.
The bird flu infected a flock of chicken in My Loc Commune in Tam Binh District in Vinh Long Province killing 1,000 poultry and in the 1,490-strong flock of duck in My Thuan Commune in Binh Tan District. The bird flu re-occurred in a 1,000-strong flock of water fowl in Luong Son Commune in Ninh Son District.
Foot-and mouth disease was affected cattle in three provinces of Nghe An in the Central, Binh Duong in the South and Dak Lak in the central Highlands. 10 farms in Thanh Chi Commune in Thanh Chuong District and Trung Son Commune in Do Luong District in Nghe An Province were recorded the diseases.
In Dak lak, 22 cattle farms were affected with foot-and-mouth disease killing 101 swine and oxen.
Mr. Dong fretted that in the South and the Central are entering rainy season which is conducive to disease outbreak and spreading.
Accordingly, the National Steering Board for Cattle and Poultry Epidemic Prevention and Control urged locality governments to increase measures against bird flu and foot-and mouth disease in poultry and cattle. Any smuggling of cattle and water fowl will receive harsh penalties.