Agriculture ministry official blamed poor supervision on the part of provincial health authorities for the outbreaks. "The absence of coordinated preventive measures as well as lethargy on the part of localities, which failed to discover new outbreaks in time, is leading to the fast spread of bird flu," said the official, who did not want to be named.
Vietnam, which has suffered the highest number of human deaths from bird flu, is experiencing its third avian influenza season since late 2003.
The government has announced it will spend an additional 82 million dollars to fight bird flu. Vietnam, which estimates it will need 50 million dollars in outside assistance, has received 10 million dollars in foreign aid.