Ministry Urges Disease Containment as PRRS Suspected in Another Province

VIET NAM - The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked localities to prevent the spread of the blue-ear pig disease. The infection has recurred in two provinces since January.
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In an official dispatch on Tuesday, Minister Cao Duc Phat told the affected provinces, southern Bac Lieu and northern Ha Tinh, to strengthen epidemic control measures, cull all afflicted pigs and prohibit transportation of pork products in and out of their vicinities.

The localities are required to establish epidemic check points at road intersections and sterilize all areas stricken by the disease.

Other provinces must bolster inspection of pigs and pork products being transported to local farms and markets, Phat said.

According to the ministry, the blue-ear disease, or Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), could spread quickly if breeders panic and start wholesaling ill animals.

The disease has also been suspected in a district of Quang Nam, and hit 3,000 pigs in four districts of Thanh Hoa, local newspapers says that the provincial veterinary agencies are investigating.

However, the Department of Animal Health, under the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, has yet to confirm the outbreak in Thanh Hoa.

PRRS has hit pigs in the two central provinces of Ha Tinh and Quang Nam, it said.
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