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February 25, 2019

 

ASF spreads to third Vietnamese province

 

 

African swine fever (ASF) has been detected in a farm in Haiphong in northern Vietnam, the third province to be affected, state media reported on Monday, according to a Reuters report.

 

Pigs had been found dead at the farm and two of the five samples taken had tested positive for ASF, according to a report in the Nong Nghiep Vietnam newspaper, run by the Ministry of Agriculture.

 

Authorities said last week that ASF had been detected on three farms in the Thai Binh and Hung Yen provinces, the first confirmed cases of the disease in Vietnam.

 

Authorities have culled all the pigs at the farm in Haiphong, the report said.

 

"Our first priority at the moment is to contain the disease from spreading," Deputy Minister of Agriculture Phung Duc Tien was quoted as saying in the report. "If it spreads further, it will be very difficult to contain," Tien adds.

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