H5N1 outbreaks have been reported in 16 provinces in Vietnam and government agencies are stepping up measures to control the virus. “The outbreaks are increasing and we haven’t reached the peak yet. We need to exert more aggressive measures to control it,” Hoang Trung Hai, Deputy Prime Minister told Asian Agribiz. The virus has forced the culling 66,000 birds. H5N1 has also killed two people in Vietnam so far this year. The country said it expects to cull 4 million birds this year due to the bird flu. “We have 30 million doses of poultry vaccine in stock. We propose that the Government buy another 60 million doses,” Pham Van Dong, head of the Animal Health Department told Asian Agribiz. Meanwhile, Quang Ninh has become the first province in the nation to ban the trading of live poultry in Ha Long city, a major domestic and international tourism hub in the northern region.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/h5n1-continues-to-spread-in-vietnam)