25 Apr 2013 -- The Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Disease (ECTAD) within the FAO Representation in Viet Nam is closely monitoring the evolving situation and events of H7N9 in China in cooperation with the Government of Viet Nam, both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and with other international partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Center for Disease Control (USCDC) and Agency for International Development (USAID).
Information about the cases in China suggests that the virus is spreading from locations where it was initially detected in people. Currently it is only one Province away from the Vietnam border (see map) highlighting the importance of taking immediate preventative measures and to heighten the sensitivity of surveillance systems in both people and poultry, especially along the border. The authorities in Viet Nam have already started to plan on measures necessary to control the new influenza strain in both humans and animals, if it should cross into Viet Nam.
Further coordination among health authorities and the international community are planned for 6 May 2013 when the Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Health (MOH), Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), and Senior representatives of the International Community including FAO will co-chair the Briefing on the international influenza A(H7N9) disease situation and Vietnam’s prevention, control and preparedness activities and resource mobilization.
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