Vietnam Increases Border Restrictions to Prevent Virus

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung sent a dispatch on January 23 warning of rapid spread of H7N9 virus, Avian Flu, in border crossings.

Complications have developed with the virus in both poultry and humans, according to the dispatch.  There is high danger in borders due to increased black market sales of poultry during the festive New Year season.

The Prime Minister has asked staff of concerned agencies, provincial and municipal people’s committee members to cooperate on managing higher restrictions of poultry and poultry products transported across border areas.  Smugglers will receive fines and their poultry confiscated.

The government is allocating finance to certain areas combating the virus. Protective clothing and transportation have been funded to seize poultry of unknown origin.

Ministries involved with the battle against the virus are the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Health.

The People’s Committee and relevant agencies are planning to cope with various strains of bird flu.

By Ngoc Minh - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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