Infectious Diseases 2005

Infectious Diseases 2005

Avian influenza: Vietnam to begin vaccination of poultry

29 June, 2005

Vietnam said Wednesday it will begin vaccinating poultry nationwide against avian influenza in August. Vaccinations will begin Aug. 1 at commercial poultry operations and smaller household farms in northern Nam Dinh province and southern Tien Giang province in the Mekong Delta, said Bui Quang Anh, head of Vietnam's animal health department. Vaccinations will be slowly expanded to another 40 high-risk provinces in the next two years, he said. An initial 20 million doses of vaccines will be imported from the Netherlands (Intervet) and China.
The two-year poultry vaccination program will cost $35 million, said To Long Thanh, also with Vietnam's Department of Animal Health.
The government will subsidize $29 million and the rest will come from fees charged to large commercial operators. Household farmers will get their chickens vaccinated for free, he said.
Vietnam has ordered that all ducks and other waterfowl be culled if they test positive for the virus. However, the government estimates that only 10 percent of infected waterfowl have been destroyed because farmers have balked at slaughtering their flocks due to low compensation.
The government announced a tripling of compensation this week, hoping that an estimated 10 million waterfowl will be culled in the coming months.