PM calls for tighter bird flu control

HCM CITY. 26-05-2007—Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered cities and local provinces to implement stringent measures to prevent a widespread bird flu outbreak.

The order came on Thursday following the reappearance of bird flu in five local provinces and one city across the country since May.

Since the bird flu cases were discovered in early May, veterinary workers have reported that more than 5,500 poultry have been infected or killed by the H5N1 virus. Nearly 120 million animals were vaccinated at the beginning of the 2007 immunisation programme.

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