Last update 1/6/2011 6:37:23 PM (GMT+7)

Foot-and-mouth disease spreads

VietNamNet Bridge – Fifteen provinces reported a resumption in foot-and-mouth cases yesterday, Jan 5, only six months after they announced having the disease under control, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Department of Animal Health has said.

The infected provinces include Son La, Quang Ngai, Gia Lai, Phu Yen, Yen Bai, Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Bac Kan, Lai Chau, Cao Bang, Thanh Hoa, Phu Tho, Dien Bien, Thai Nguyen and Ha Giang, all of which are located in northern and central Viet Nam.

Director of the Zone 1 Animal Health Office Le Minh Son said that the disease had recurred because vaccines had not been properly used in these areas.

Health officials have been sent to the affected provinces to help with relief plans.

In northern Thai Nguyen Province, five sick buffaloes and 54 sick pigs were slaughtered. The province's Pho Yen District set up five temporary quarantine stations and set up an inspection team to prevent sick livestock from being sold to other provinces.

The provincial Department of Animal Health has held four training courses to provide epidemic prevention measures to local residents.

The department also established four teams of medical workers to sterilise cages and affected areas.

Meanwhile in northern Lang Son Province, 166 poultry were culled while 351 others recovered from the disease.

A number of measures have been also taken in the province, including sterilising the animals and ensuring environmental hygiene.

In the south, Ca Mau Department of Animal Health warned that the risk of disease occurring was high because of the cold weather which would weaken livestock disease resistance.

If the epidemic spreads to more than 20 cities and provinces, the epidemic will be categorised as a national outbreak.

However Son said if the necessary action was taken immediately, there would be fewer concerns about the country's livestock and poultry supplies prior to the coming Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.

Meanwhile, outbreaks of bird flu and blue ear pig disease have been successfully quarantined, according to the department.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News