Ministry warns risk of H7N9 spread

At a meeting on January 28 convened by the Ministry of Health, Tran Dac Phu, head of the Health Ministry's Preventive Health Department, warned that outbreaks of  the H7N9 avian influenza virus that has infected 16 people and killed 3 others in China can spread to the Southern province of Vietnam.

As per the World Health Organization, in the first three weeks of January, 2 015, 16 Chinese people have infected the virus and three of them succumbed to the disease. Mr. Phu said that it is more likely that the disease will spread to the country if local authorities in border crossings don’t tighten the control of smuggling of poultry through the border areas.

Meantime, a representative from the Department of Animal Health, a part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that some bird flu virus strains appeared, causing the situation more complicated.

For fearing that the dangerous bird flu viruses spread into the country as no cases has not been recorded since the beginning of 2015, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long urged local governments to implement active measures against the disease, especially actively detect diseased poultry in farms. All in medical clinics with symptoms of respiratory problems must be tested.

On the same day, the Ministry of Health sent its document to local authorities nationwide directing to prevent measles. According to the document, all related agencies have to supervise all cases of measles in communities and hospitals to give timely treatment to patients.

Responsible agencies must conduct vaccine against measles on children from nine month old. Hospitals should restrict transfer patients to curb the spread of the disease. Hospitals have to set up a quarantined section for measles patients to avoid spreading.

By Khanh Nguyen - Translated by Anh Quan

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