Province refuses to take districts off pig disease list

VIET NAM - Quang Nam province in central Vietnam, which has been worst hit by the porcine blue ear disease (PRRS), has refused to declare some districts disease-free because one more locality has reported an outbreak.
calendar icon 2 August 2007
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The provincial government, at a meeting, rejected requests from some communes in Duy Xuyen and Thang Binh districts to declare themselves free from Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), as the disease is medically known.

Instead, it instructed them to take another look at over 1,800 pigs currently under treatment, and cull them if necessary. It also instructed disease-hit localities to take drastic measures to contain the epidemic – like preventing illegal transport of infected pigs, inoculation, and quarantine of infected sites.

On the same day the central Department of Animal Health declared the province’s Phu Ninh province as infected after eight pigs were reported sick.

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