Thanh Hoa province declares A/H5N1 epidemic

(VOV) -The northern province of Thanh Hoa on February 19 officially declared a public health emergency as authorities scramble to cope with the rising number of A/H5N1 avian influenza cases.

The provincial Department for Agriculture and Rural Department reported that the deadly virus was detected in Tan Truong commune, Tinh Gia district, affecting hundreds of fowl and that all selected for testing proved positive for A/H5N1.

The Thanh Hoa provincial People’s Committee has stepped up its efforts to stop the spread of the fatal disease, which will most likely be transmitted to people and easily spreads from one person to another.

Since early December 2013, avian influenza H5N1 has been reported in three communes in Tinh Gia district and Thanh Hoa city.

However, more than 85% of poultry in Thanh Hoa have yet to be vaccinated against the contagious and deadly virus.

Local authorities and relevant agencies are closely coordinating their efforts to implement preventive measures and strictly control the transport and trading of poultry, especially across the border.