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Viet Nam Offered Over $7 M to Combat Bird Flu

by 5m Editor
9 April 2009, at 8:09am

VIET NAM - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has pledged US$7.3 million to help Vietnam implement two projects on preventing and combating bird flu.

The documents relating to the projects were signed by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Diep Kinh Tan, and FAO Representative, Andrew Speedy, on 8 April.

The two projects cover the provision of technical assistance for improvement of preparedness in response to the highly pathogenic avian influenza A viruses of the H5 and H7 HA subtypes (HPAI) and date collection in service of shifting of H5N1 vaccination strategy in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese government has spent almost $130 million from the State budget for the prevention and control of bird flu.

Viet Nam has reported four human cases of bird flu so far this year, three of them died.

In 2008, bird flu killed five people in Viet Nam.

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.