Thursday, March 8, 2012

Central Highlands bird flu patient in critical condition

The HCM City health officials confirmed on March 7 that a 31-year-old native of the Central Highlands was in critical condition after being admitted to the city's Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

The hospital said the patient on March 5 was admitted with a high fever and serious respiratory problems. After using medicine bought at a local pharmacy to treat the illness for three days, the patient's health worsened.

The patient's family members had slaughtered several chicken and eaten them, according to hospital officials. Several chickens on their farm had died, but the family was unaware of the cause of death.

The three other people this year who contracted the bird-flu virus were all residents of the Mekong Delta region. Two of them died.
* 25 provinces to vaccinate cattle

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has urged 25 northern, north-central, central highland and Mekong Delta provinces to vaccinate cattle against foot-and-mouth disease.

Accordingly, around 80 percent of cattle will be inoculated during the two campaigns: the first in April and May and the second in October and November.

According to the Department of Health under MARD, the four provinces of Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Ha Nam and Ha Giang have reported cases of foot-and-mouth disease over the past 21 days – a period of time required to be free from the disease.

The Central Highland province of Dak Nong has spent VND7.2 billion controlling foot-and-mouth disease in cattle.

Ngo Quoc Hung, Head of the provincial Department of Animal Health, said nearly 30,000 cattle will receive inoculations in the near future.

Ninh Van Hieu, Head of the Nam Dinh provincial Department of Animal Health, said the province has vaccinated nearly 200,000 pigs, meeting 30 percent of the plan, and it will try to complete the task by the end of this month.

MARD has requested that the Prime Minister free provide vaccines and chemicals for provinces to disinfect the environment and prevent the spread of the disease.