Ministry launches campaign against human transmission of bird flu

The Ministry of Health, The People’s Committee of Can Tho City, and Unilever Vietnam Fund launched a media campaign against the transmission of bird flu to humans on March 29.

A view of the campaign against the transmission of bird flu to humans on March 29 (Photo: SGGP)

Authorities are determined to fight the transmission of bird flu, said Chairman of the Center of Preventive Medicine Tran Dac Phu. The drastic measures authorities have taken to prevent spread of the disease have been effective.

The World Health Organization and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization expressed gratefulness in the country’s effort to combat the disease.

Free-range poultry is still very popular in the Mekong Delta. Residents no longer dispose of dead poultry in rivers and canals, which further spread infections.

The border area along Cambodia is closely monitored.

The ministry urges citizens to practice good hygiene, especially during the transport, slaughter, and sale of products. Citizens are urged to inform authorities if they spot sick or dead waterfowl.

Medical facilities and local health units will be available for anyone experiencing flu symptoms such as fever, cough, and pain in chest.

In January 2014, two people in Dong Thap and Binh Phuoc provinces died from the H5N1 virus.

By Binh Dai – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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