As a country linking to countries that the epidemic of Bird Flu has been an issue of concern, Laos also faces and has to take many measures to intervene the epidemic of this disease since it happened first time in the country in 2004. Recognizing the severity of this deadly disease, Laos has taken necessary measures, namely the set up of five strategies contributing the international efforts in intervening and preventing the epidemic of Bird Flu H5N1.
These five strategies, according the Dr. Ponemek Dalaloy, includes a-preventing the transmission of the Bird Flu disease to people; b-identifying and intervening this disease immediately; c- diagnosing and providing treatment immediately once it happens; d- providing health education to people; and e- coordinating and contributing into global efforts in preventing the epidemic of the disease.
In utilizing these strategies, Lao officials recently have culled over 3,000 birds after the finding of Avian Influenza H5N1 in four villages of Nambark district, 150 kilometers away from Louangprabang city, on August 27, 2008.
In addition, Lao authorities issued an order to kill over 7,000 poultry in the four areas that the Bird Flu is prevalent, and prohibited the sale and move of any poultry in and between areas. However, the poultry that being raised in many farms that are spreading the Bird Flu were from Oudomxay, a northern province in Laos; thus, the concern of the epidemic of this deadly disease remains an issue, especially in the province of origin of those poultry.
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