HCMC braces for bird flu as H5N1 moves in from Cambodia

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Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have ordered local agencies to step up preventive measures against avian flu, which has spread back into Vietnam via Cambodia recently, Dan Tri reported Thursday.

In a letter to agencies and district authorities, the city People's Committee asked those involved to tighten their control over poultry farming, butchering, and trading.

They also called for local people not to farm, butcher, trade or use poultry products with unclear originals.

In the meantime, health agencies were ordered to disseminate information about the H5N1 virus, which causes bird flu, as well as to prepare sufficient equipments and drugs for prevention, the news report said.

According to Dan Tri, in two localities bordering Cambodia, where the virus killed four out of five infected people in January, two bird flu outbreaks have been detected, namely in Tien Thuan and Binh Minh districts in the southern province of Tay Ninh.

The outbreak of bird flu is highly threatening to spread to other border provinces like Binh Phuoc and Long An.

Bird flu has been especially deadly in Vietnam, which has recorded at least 61 deaths among 122 infected patients since 2003, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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