Last update 04/09/2012 11:40:00 SA (GMT+7)

Bird flu cases on the rise

VietNamNet Bridge ? Blue-ear disease in pigs and bird flu have increased significantly in several cities and provinces over the past three weeks, according to a report on the diseases released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Department of Animal Health last Thursday.

Northern Bac Kan Province's Department of Animal Health said on Friday the H5N1 bird flu epidemic had broken out in 11 hamlets in Cho Don District, with about 380 birds infected and 2,370 birds having to be destroyed, while more than 280 pigs were reported dead in the province's Cho Moi District and Bac Kan Town.

Nong Van Chi, deputy chairman of the People's Committee of Bac Kan Province, said bird flu and blue-ear disease were difficult to control and likely to spread because of local people's hesitance to report the disease to authorities...