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Vietnam reports African swine fever outbreaks
  • |, LD | February 20, 2019 01:59 PM
The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has officially reported outbreaks of African swine fever (AFS) in the northern provinces of Hung Yen and Thai Binh.

According to the ministry, the AFS virus has been found at in Hung Yen City andin Yen My District in Hung Yen Province.

 Imported pigs destroyed to prevent the outbreak of African swine fever

Local authorities requested to destroy all of 33 pigs owned by one family and 101 belonging to another in Hung Yen Province. Sterilisation has also been conducted at these households as well as neighbouring areas to prevent the epidemic.

Hung Yen Province has set up quarantine stations to manage culling, transport and trade. Samples have been taken from households which are near the affected areas for testing.

The samples of households near Hung Yen City proved negative, while those in Yen My District has not yet been announced.

Meanwhile, six households in Hung Ha District, Thai Binh have been hit by the virus with 123 local pigs culled. However, testing results of samples taken from neighbouring areas have also been negative.

The ASF virus does not affect humans but does cause haemorrhagic fever in pigs and wild boars that is almost always fatal. There is no antidote or vaccine, and the only known preventative measure is a mass cull of infected livestock. The disease spreads by contact between infected pigs or other wild animals and can inflict massive economic damage on farms.

In prevention of the virus, since August 2018, the MARD has organised inter-sector working teams to visit and inspect high-risk localities like Hanoi, Lang Son, Quang Ninh, Lao Cai, and Hoa Binh.

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