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Millions of pigs culled as African swine fever spreads
  • | laodong, dtinews.vn | May 13, 2019 05:36 PM
Vietnam has destroyed over 1.2 million pigs while the African swine fever is still spreading according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

   

Vietnam has destroyed over 1.2 million pigs

Reports from the Veterinary Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development show that as of May 12, African swine fever has been detected in 2,296 communes, 204 districts of 29 provinces and cities. Over 1.22 million pigs have been destroyed, accounting for 4% of Vietnam's farmed pigs.

African swine fever has a 100% death rate and there's still no vaccine or cure for the pigs. The virus can be found on the equipment at the farm or on the clothes of the farmers.

The situation in Vietnam is still complicated due to a large number of small farms where many people don't pay enough attention to veterinary hygiene and biosafety. Moreover, there are many shortcomings with the culling and slaughtering processes.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam has over 2.5 million pig-raising households. Since many are located among the residential areas, especially in the Red River Delta, it's difficult to implement biosafety measures. The hot weather also creates a favourite condition for the virus to spread to other districts and provinces.

In some areas, the virus returned after 30 days. The ministry worried that the virus may spread to industrial pig farms.

Local authorities, as well as the police and military, were asked to quickly destroy the sick pigs 24 hours after they are found and disinfect the farms as quickly as possible. Localities that have sick pigs should set up a monitoring station to control animal and meat transportation and prevent the disease from spreading.

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