HANOI, July 15 (Xinhuanet) -- The Vietnamese government has just instructed relevant agencies and localities to mobilize all sources to make vaccination against bird flu among poultry a nationwide campaign, according to local newspaper Saigon Liberation on Friday.
Under the instruction, the state will cover expenses on vaccinating breeding poultry at state-owned facilities, and fowls at private farms in high-risk areas, while local and foreign enterprises specializing in poultry raising must shoulder the expenses. If the enterprises do not vaccinate their fowls, the fowls will be culled.
Vietnam will start vaccinating fowls against bird flu viruses, including the deadly strain of H5N1, in northern Nam Dinh province and southern Tien Giang province on a trial basis in early August,and then do the same in other localities with high risks of outbreaks in October. It will import 20 million doses of bird flu vaccines from China and the Netherlands, according to sources from Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The country has so far this year detected bird flu outbreaks in 35 cities and provinces nationwide, which have killed or led to the forced culling of 1.5 million fowls, mainly ducks and chickens.
Since June 4, Vietnam has reported no new human cases of bird flu infections. The country's Preventive Medicine Department has confirmed that a total of 60 local people from 23 localities have been infected with bird flu since late December 2004, of whom 19 died. Enditem