Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Vietnam Battles Chicken Smugglers

Chickens, being smuggled into Vietnam from China, have created a dire situation in Vietnam. Surveillance and disinfection efforts are having difficulty adequately screening chickens throughout the nation, especially given the massive number of unscreened chickens entering Vietnam illegally. Local residents along the borders have been drawn into work as porters, making more transporting smuggled chickens into Vietnam than in farming.

In two provinces this year alone, authorities have confiscated and destroyed more than 110 tons of chickens from smugglers . Unvaccinated birds smuggled through these routes have been blamed by Vietnamese authorities for rapidly spreading the disease.

Full story link from the China Post, via H5N1 blog:

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