The authorities of the Mekong delta provinces of Kien Giang, Hau Giang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau and the northern city of Can Tho worked together to control free-range livestock.
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The head of Hau Giang province’s Department of Animal Health Nguyen Hien Trung yesterday said that local authorities have issued 900 register cards to breeders to supervise their 500,000 roaming livestock.
More than 3,000 illegal newly-hatched ducks were found to have been smuggled into the province and the mobile inspection teams culled them.
The minimum period required for an affected locality to be declared free of avian influenza is 21 days. As of June 27, two provinces have been so declared – Ha Nam and Hung Yen have reported no fresh outbreaks for 21 days.
11 other provinces are still in the danger zone, namely Nghe An, Hai Phong, Bac Giang, Can Tho, Ninh Binh, Vinh Phuc, Quang Nam, Thai Binh, Ha Tinh, Quang Ninh and Cao Bang.
Moreover, it’s hard to predict the development of the disease in three northern provinces of Bac Giang, Hai Phong, Thai Binh and the disease is at high risk of outbreaks into southern provinces.
In related news, VND125 billion (around US$ 7.8 million) has been spent on vaccines against bird flu, said Bui Quang Anh, Head of the Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
44 provinces and cities have completed the first round of vaccination to date.
Mr. Anh added, however, that the Government should stop subsidizing the vaccinations in order to reduce State budget expenditures.