Bird flu and pig disease are 'cooling down'

VIET NAM - Vietnam’s Animal Health Department has reported that recent outbreaks of both bird flu and the porcine blue ear disease arefading.
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The department confirmed that the northern province of Ninh Binh had been declared bird flu free. Three provinces are still plagued by bird flu – Dien Bien in the north, Quang Binh in the center and Dong Thap in the Mekong Delta region.

A province is declared bird flu-free after it goes 21 consecutive days without a new case, according to the ministry.

Last week, the blue-ear disease, known in medical parlance as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), was reported in Danang city, Quang Ngai, Quang Nam, and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.

But the department said Danang and Quang Ngai had seen no new blue ear infections in the last few days. In Quang Nam province, the number of infected pigs fell from 29,000 to some 7,000 as of Sunday.

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