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PRRS Kills Over 500 Pigs in Second Largest City

by 5m Editor
22 March 2011, at 9:13am

MYANMAR - Over 500 pigs have died of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) disease in Myanmar's second largest city of Mandalay, a local weekly reported Monday.

The PRRS disease is also known as blue ear disease occurring with pig for the first time in Myanmar recently.

The 500 pigs were among the 2,000 bred in 200 poultry farms in five townships in Mandalay, the Weekly Eleven News said.

So far, the disease, detected from the dead pigs, has not spread to other animals or human but infect other pigs, it said.

Veterinary surgeons are exploring the cause of the disease, the report added.

The Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) has warned the public to take bio-security measures and report to the authorities on suspected death of livestocks.

Meanwhile, avian influenza (H5N1) struck Sittway, western Rakhine state and Tantsle township, northwestern Sagaing region in the first two months of this year respectively and thousands of chickens, suspected of carrying virulent avian influenza, were wiped out following the discovery of their unusual death.

Myanmar was first struck by bird flu H5N1 in 2006.

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5m Editor