Vietnam concerned about risk of bird-flu outbreaks
HCMC – There is a high likelihood that the A/H7N9 bird flu would make a comeback in Vietnam, especially in some provinces which share the border with China where the disease is spreading quickly, the Ministry of Health said.
The General Department of Preventive Medicine under the ministry quoted a report of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the bird flu disease in China as saying that the neighboring country has been experiencing a strong recurrence of the A/H7N9 strain of bird flu since October last year, with 340 cases reported with A/H7N9 virus infection in the first two months of this year.
These cases were recorded in 13 provinces and cities of China, including Fujian, Guangdong, Sichuan and Zhejiang.
Most of the infected people have a history of exposure to live poultry at markets and in the environment polluted by infected poultry.
Currently, there is no evidence that the virus will spread from person to person.
The department said Vietnam is facing high risk of H7N9 breaking out as the country has busy trading activities with China, especially the two provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi where numerous A/H7N9 infection cases have been reported.
So far, no H7N9 human cases have been found in Vietnam.
Tran Dac Phu, head of the department, said the ministry is bolstering monitoring activities and taking poultry samples for regular testing to detect positive cases timely. However, the ministry also raised concerns that the current weather pattern will create favorable conditions for deadly diseases such as H5N1 and H7N9 to break out.