Epidemics kept under control

No positive cases of A/H1N1, A/H5N1 or acute diarrhoea have been reported across the country over the past three days, the Ministry of Health (MoH) says.

The MoH Animal Health Department reports that the bird flu remains scattered in 7 provinces, namely Ca Mau, Dien Bien, Soc Trang, Kon Tum, Quang Tri, Nghe An and Nam Dinh.

The lethal strain of H5N1 virus was found in a flock of 45-day-old unvaccinated ducks raised by a farmer in Thanh Ninh hamlet, Thanh Thoi Thuan commune in Soc Trang province. More than 500 out of 630 sick ducks died.

The provincial Animal Health Department has asked local veterinarians to cull all infected ducks.

In Nam Dinh province, the same virus was found in a flock of 270 ducks in Nghi An commune, Nam Truc district. Mai Dang Viet, who was raising the 7-month-old ducks, said the ducks had just been given a shot of the bird flu vaccine. The flock was culled by local veterinarians.

The MoH has asked its provincial and municipal departments of health to keep a close watch for further outbreaks, which are expected to emerge during the lunar New Year festival. It has also dispatched missions to inspect preparedness in Hanoi and Thai Binh, Hai Duong, Ha Nam, Nam Dinh and Ha Tinh provinces.