The warning was released after the World Health Organisation in
Cambodia confirmed that five Cambodian people had contracted the disease
since the beginning of the year, of which four died. One of two areas
hit by the disease was near the Viet Nam border.
were asked to tighten international medical quarantine procedures,
detect cases with high or acute respiration inflammation and isolate
suspected cases for timely treatment in an effort to keep the lethal
H5N1 virus from spreading to Viet Nam.
Provinces were also
requested to collaborate with agricultural sectors to strengthen the
supervision of both domestic and imported poultry.
ministry also asked medical units to prepare medicines, chemicals and
facilities to deal with outbreaks, if any, and to keep an eye on people
coming from Cambodia to Viet Nam for signs of the flu.
should be warned of measures to stay safe from the virus, and veterinary
units and local authorities should plan together the supervision of an
avian influenza H5N1 outbreak in poultry, should it occur.
deputy director Tran Thanh Duong said the outbreak of avian influenza
H5N1 in Cambodia was a significant threat to Viet Nam.
could spread to Viet Nam through many channels, such as trade border
exchange, poultry smuggling or wild birds moving between the two
countries, Duong said.
The eight border provinces are Kon Tum,
Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) and
Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Long An, Dong Thap and An Giang in the south.
Last year, bird flu hit seven provinces of Viet Nam and claimed two deaths.
of Health statistics say that 121 H5N1 cases have been reported in Viet
Nam since 2003. Of that number, 61 resulted in death.