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May 28, 2010

 

Blue-ear disease kills 45.2% of infected pigs in Vietnam

 

 

As many as 85,804 pigs in Vietnam have been infected with the blue-ear disease since early 2010 with 45.2% of which being dead or destroyed, said the Department of Animal Health (DAH).

 

The disease continued spreading in northern and central provinces in Vietnam, with more outbreaks found in Quang Ninh, Thai Nguyen and Hanoi, Nguyen Thanh Son, head of the department, according to reports.

 

The disease remains in 15 cities and provinces in Vietnam, including Hai Duong, Thai Binh, Hung Yen, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Lang Son, Haiphong, Nam Dinh, Ha Nam, Nghe An, Hoa Binh, and Cao Bang.

 

The prolonged disease will damage the domestic animal husbandry even though the number of affected pigs accounted for a small part in the total flock of 27 million heads, experts have warned.

 

Meanwhile, bird flu has broken out in Quang Ngai in the central, Thai Nguyen in the north, and Dak Lak in the central highlands, forcing the provinces to destroy 10,726 poultry.

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