Vietnam battles infection in pigs

VIET NAM - The Vietnamese agriculture minister urged animal health and related agencies to bolster preparations against the blue ear disease which has infected around 30,000 pigs in the northern region.
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In a telegram Friday Cao Duc Phat called for sterilizing pig farms and banning transport of sick pigs from infected regions.

The disease, known scientifically as Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), was first discovered in Hai Duong province where over 11,000 pigs are infected.

Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Son La, and Thai Binh provinces, and Hanoi are also on the infected list.

PRRS causes blueing of pigs’ ears, lack of appetite, high fever, miscarriage and premature delivery among sows, coughing and respiratory problems, and death in extreme cases.


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