Vietnam capital bans poultry transport by motorbike: report

Vietnam capital bans poultry transport by motorbike

Vietnam capital bans poultry transport by motorbike

HANOI (AFP) — Vietnam’s capital Hanoi has banned the transportation of poultry and cattle on motorbikes and bicycles for fear it could help spread epidemics, state media said Tuesday.

The ruling, which was issued on January 22 but only became effective Monday, said poultry, cattle and their associated products must be transported using specialised vehicles only, said online VietnamNet.

However, the newsite ran a video clip showing live meat products were being driven in the city early Tuesday morning on motorbikes, a popular means of transport in Vietnam for poultry, pigs or even dogs.

At present, Vietnam, which has been frequently hit by the H5N1 strain of bird flu since 2003, reports the avian influenza among ducks only in the Mekong delta province of Ca Mau.

The country has already seen a human bird flu case this year, an eight-year-old girl from northern Thanh Hoa province who has now recovered.

According to health officials, her 13-year-old sister earlier died in hospital but was not tested for H5N1 before she was buried.

Bird flu has killed 52 people in Vietnam, while the world’s highest death toll belongs to Indonesia with 113 fatalities.

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Bird flu hits Vietnam poultry, may have killed a man

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HANOI, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Bird flu may have killed a 32-year-old Vietnamese man in a northern province where the virus has been found in poultry, state-run media and a government report said on Tuesday.

The man died at a Hanoi hospital of pneumonia earlier this month, two days after he had been taken in from Tuyen Quang province, the hospital’s deputy director Nguyen Hong Ha was quoted by the online VTC News newspaper (www.vtc.vn) as saying.

The man fell ill on Jan. 16 after eating chicken which had died of unknown cause. Dead chicken and white-winged ducks were also found near his house, the newspaper quoted a relative as saying.

Vietnamese doctors were testing to see if the man had been infected by the H5N1 virus.

The H5N1 virus remains mainly a virus of birds, but experts fear it could mutate into a form easily transmitted from person to person and sweep the world, killing millions.

In a separate report, the Animal Health Department said tests have confirmed that bird flu has infected poultry in Tuyen Quang province.

It said chickens and white-winged ducks died at a farm in the province early this month and health officials took samples from 11 birds on Jan 17. for bird flu tests. They found three of the 11 samples carried the H5N1 virus, the department said.

The finding meant Tuyen Quang joined the northern province of Thai Nguyen and the southern province of Tra Vinh in the government’s bird flu watchlist which reported the last outbreak among poultry less than 21 days ago.

Vietnam reported its latest human death from bird flu last month when the virus killed a four-year-old boy.

The H5N1 virus has killed five out of the eight Vietnamese who have caught it last year, taking the country’s death toll since late 2003 to 47.

Globally, the H5N1 virus has killed 219 people out of 351 known cases and most of the deaths are in Indonesia, followed by Vietnam, World Health Organisation figures show. Hundreds of millions of birds have died or been slaughtered. (Reporting by Ho Binh Minh)

Vietnam seeks ways to develop poultry industry

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HANOI, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) — Vietnam is likely to zone off concentrated breeding areas, and apply advanced technologies in breeding for the sustainable development of its poultry industry, local newspaper Vietnam News reported Tuesday.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has suggested that poultry breeding and concentrated breeding areas should be zoned off, and farm-applied breeding methods should be strictly adopted.

Vietnam now houses 2,837 poultry farms that produce some 400,000 tons of fowl meat and 4-5 billion eggs each year, according to the Vietnam Poultry Breeders’ Association.

The poultry sector is now behind the pork industry in meat output, but up to 70 percent of farms are run by households where the application of new technologies and veterinary standards are not given adequate attention.

Editor: An Lu