Better farm practices can control pig diseases

VIETNAM - Vietnamese pig stocks are being hit by several swine diseases, but the outbreaks can be controlled through better farm practices, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
calendar icon 22 August 2007
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Vietnam requested the help of the FAO after reporting an outbreak of deadly "blue ear" pig disease in four provinces in recent months, amid fears the animal virus might have travelled south from neighboring China.

An expert team from the FAO and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has visited Vietnam and sent samples to a US laboratory for sequencing of the viral strain and to identify a vaccine, said the FAO in a statement.

The team, which reported its findings to Vietnam's communist government Tuesday, said "it appears that there are a number of swine diseases that may be interacting to cause the unusual signs being observed."

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