VietNamNet Bridge – Poultry breeders in the Mekong Delta are nervously watching the spread of avian flu (H5N1).
Though the virus has not yet been found in swallows bred in the Delta, local authorities began to prepare preventive measures after their counterparts in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan declared an epidemic and killed all the infected birds.
The declaration made Ninh Thuan the first province in Viet Nam to officially acknowledge a bird flu outbreak among swallows being raised for their nests.
After residents in the province’s Tan Hung District tested positive for avian flu and underwent treatment, more than 4,000 local birds were vaccinated and many were killed, said Le Minh Duc, director of Long An Province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Though swallows raised in Long An had not tested positive for the virus, provincial authorities asked owners to remove them from residential areas, he told Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon).
The province asked the administrations of five districts that border Cambodia to vaccinate their poultry after avian flu was discovered in the neighbouring country. Poultry brought in through the border should be carefully inspected, Duc said.