|A Vietnamese poultry seller sits behind her chicken cages at a market in Hanoi, January 6, 2005. (Xinhua/Reuters)|
KUNMING, Jan. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- Southwest China's
Yunnan Province, which borders Vietnam, has taken a series of emergency measures
to prevent bird flu in Vietnam from spreading into China, sources with the local
government said Saturday.
All major transportation lines,
poultry farms, regions on the Sino-Vietnam border and places which were hit by
bird flu outbreak early last year have been urged to inject vaccine on poultry,
the sources said.
The provincial government has urged local
agricultural, health,import and export quarantine, public security, quality
inspection departments and customs officers to work together to monitor possible
spread of bird flu and distribution of poultry and egg products in Yunnan.
Anyone who causes the spread of bird flu as result of dereliction of duty will
be punished harshly, the sources said.
Meanwhile, the local animal husbandry department has
set up a 30-km-wide "immune protection zone" in the border area neighboring
Vietnam and set up disinfecting stations at the frontier passages and border
ports to make thorough check and disinfect all vehicles and personnel passing
A three-layer report system, involving participation
of households, villages and township, has been built in rural areas of Yunnan.
Any outbreak of bird flu should be reported to higher authority within 24 hours.
Yunnan shares a 1,200-kilometer-long border with
Vietnam, wherepeople of 13 ethnic groups live across border and there are
nearly100 marketplaces for cross border trade.
The relapse of bird flu has been seen in 11
localities of Vietnam since December last year. An 18-year-old girl from
Vietnam's southern region has just been hospitalized for being suspected of
having contracted virus H5N1, raising the number of confirmed and suspected
cases of bird flu to five. Enditem