Big markets in Lang Son prove negative to avian flu test

Following quick avian flu tests in the northern province of Lang Son, negative results were recorded at the biggest market of Gieng Vuong and That Khe market – the nearest to the border with China. 

According to Chu Nguyen Thach, deputy head of the provincial Department for Animal Health, at each of the wholesale markets, 30 random samples were taken from chickens on sale for avian influenza A (H7N9) virus and results were announced after two hours.

With training from experts of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Association (FAO), the department’s vets can conduct the test themselves.

The quick-testing kit is set to be used in Lang Son for six weeks on various types of poultry.
In 2013, the A/H7N9 virus was found in animals and people in China, according to the World Health Organisation. This strain of avian influenza leaves infected people severely ill. 

Most of the cases of human infection with the A/H7N9 virus came after recent exposure to live poultry or potentially contaminated environments, especially markets where live birds were sold. This virus does not appear to transmit easily from person to person.

The A (H7N9) virus has to date not infected either poultry or people in Vietnam.

In the first three months of the year, 487 incidences were reported in China, including 99 fatalities, according to the Ministry of Health.

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