In impressive action, Vietnam, once the main spot for the bird flu, has temporarily stamped out the avian flu: no people have been infected since November, and no poultry outbreaks since December.
There were even crackdowns on local favorites such as duck blood pudding, believed to be the source of at least one death.
“We are actually disease-free in Vietnam for the moment,” said Hans Troedsson, World Health Organization representative in Vietnam. “We’re probably not virus-free, but what the mass vaccination has done is reduce the virus load in the environment — we have less virus circulating.”
Vietnam spent close to $20 million US to do this, and at the moment has seemed to help slow the spread of the bird flu.