|Kien Giang eludes bird flu|
The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang has avoided being added to the list of provinces hit by the bird flu thanks to government efforts to prevent the disease from entering the region.
Despite successes there, however, the dreaded virus is still haunting the neighboring provinces of Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Hau Giang, Vinh Long, Soc Trang, and the southern city of Can Tho, according to an official at the Animal Health Department (AHD) Monday.
In Bac Lieu on Sunday, the AHD culled 950 chickens in Hong Dan district and the Tan Tan Phat hatching facility in Hoa Binh District was found to be illegally hatching thousands of eggs.
The fact that there hasn’t been an outbreak of bird flu in An Giang Province to the west has been credited in large part to the fact that drastic preventive measures were implemented there.
Six commune chairmen were penalized for taking a relaxed attitude toward their supervisory responsibilities there and the province’s People’s Committee is still considering punishing another three after it was discovered they had allowed the breeding and sale of unsafe water-fowl in their districts.