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Hanoi lifts ban on transporting livestock by bike: report

world Updated: Feb 10, 2009 12:33 IST

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Vietnam's capital Hanoi has lifted a ban on the transportation of livestock by motorbike and bicycle barely a week after it was introduced, a media report said on Tuesday.

The ban, which was aimed at preventing the spread of diseases and became effective early last week, was groundless and did not ensure the rights and benefits of citizens, online VNExpress quoted the Justice Ministry as saying.

Despite the ban, animals destined for slaughter continued to be transported in the city on motorbikes, a popular means of transport in Vietnam for poultry, pigs and even dogs.

The H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus has now been reported in poultry in five provinces across Vietnam, while cattle in five other provinces have been hit by foot and mouth disease, the national animal health department said.

The country has recorded two human cases of bird flu infection since the beginning of the year.

An eight year old girl from northern Thanh Hoa province has recovered from the deadly virus while a 23 year old woman from Quang Ninh province, on the border with China, was still in a bad condition despite receiving treatment, doctors said.

Bird flu has killed 52 people in Vietnam, the world's second highest toll after Indonesia, where 115 people have died.