The World Health Organisation (WHO) said there was no new evidence that the H5N1 virus has become more easily transmittable from poultry to humans.
The comments from WHO, made by the organisation’s communications officer in Vietnam Dida Connor on June 7, follow fears of a potential new outbreak of bird flu. Two people were recently confirmed to have contracted bird flu in Vinh Phuc and Thai Nguyen provinces.
However, the virus was very adaptable and had become more easily transmittable among poultry, according to Chief Technical Advisor on Avian Influenza of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation in Vietnam, Jeffrey Gilbert.
Animal Health Department statistics showed bird flu continued to spread out to new areas in the already infected provinces and cities across the country.
The disease had hit Thanh Phu Commune, Vinh Thanh District in the southern province of Can Tho and Dong Phuc Commune, Yen Dung District and Tho Xuong Ward, Bac Giang City in the northern province of Bac Giang, reported the department on Tuesday. Bird flu has struck in up to 78 communes in 15 provinces.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Mard) on Tuesday launched national environment hygiene and sanitation month.
Agriculture and Rural Development minister Cao Duc Phat said in his urgent messages on implementation of the month that local authorities must take measures including disinfecting poultry farms two or three times a week, sterilising hatching machines after hatching poultry eggs, and disinfecting poultry slaughterhouses, markets and vehicles used for transporting poultry.