Representatives of the governments of Laos and Thailand met yesterday to discuss measures to prevent a possible outbreak of an epidemic of avian influenza.
The virus is currently spreading through both countries, and there is an urgent need to prevent further outbreaks.
The delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry was led by Dr Tri Phommasak, its Deputy Minister, who met with his counterpart Thai Deputy Minister, who is heading the delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.
The two sides shared ideas relating to the outbreak of bird flu, as both countries share common borders and need to act prevent an epidemic as fast as possible in order to minimise the spread to other areas.
Dr Tri reported that the Lao Government has drafted a national strategic plan for the prevention and control of bird flu by focusing on the surveillance of areas in which the virus is already severely active.
Since 14 June, chickens have been dying in Dongbang farm in Saythany district, Vientiane, and the Lao Government has already held urgent meetings and assigned the damage work to each sector, including local authorities, to cull chickens and try to control the virus immediately.