HANOI, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam has recorded no infections of human A/H7N9 bird flu so far, however, the country is promoting efforts to prevent the entry of virus from neighbouring China.
According to the Preventive Medicine Department under the Ministry of Health (MoH) on Friday, Vietnam's long shared border with China and busy cross-border trade activities between the two countries pose a high risk of H7N9 virus to be transmitted into Vietnam.
In order to prevent the disease, the MoH recommended people not use poultry or poultry products with unknown origins, and ensure food hygiene.
Vietnamese people are told to immediately notify local authorities and veterinary units if they detect any sick or dead poultry.
Those who have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, chest pain or breathing difficulty, should visit doctors, the ministry said.
In a related move, a new outbreak of H5N6 avian flu was detected in Vietnam's central Quang Ngai province on Friday.
Some 3,000 chicken infected with H5N6 virus were culled while other 8,000 chicken in the neighbouring area are to be destroyed.
Quang Ngai Sub-Department of Animal Health is sanitizing the farms and surrounding areas, reported the state-run news agency VNA.