Vietnam bans poultry imports from China over H7N9 worries
Vietnam ag minister says country will also aggressively crack down on illegal poultry imports from China
Vietnam has banned poultry imports from China, citing fears of the spread of H7N9 avian influenza. To date, Vietnam has not had any reports of H7N9 avian influenza, though there have been confirmed cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Vietnam in recent months.
The fears of H7N9 avian influenza's spread are high, as two human cases of H7N9 avian influenza in Quangxi were confirmed. Quangxi is a Chinese province bordering Vietnam.
Cao Duc Phat, Vietnamese minister of agriculture and rural development, said the country is also cracking down on the illegal import of poultry from China. According to reports, there is no official tally on the amount of illegal poultry imports from China, but in one major poultry market in Hanoi, there could be as many as five metric tons of illegal poultry imports arriving daily.