October 18, 2011
Vietnam's southern provinces experience blue-ear disease outbreak
Five Vietnamese southern provinces are raising concerns on the blue-ear pig disease outbreak which could spread to other localities especially when the weather becomes cooler.
Diep Kinh Tan, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the disease has occurred in the provinces of Long An, Tien Giang, Soc Trang, Tay Ninh and Quang Nam.
He said provincial authorities need to take appropriate measures to control the outbreak to ensure pig supply for the remaining months of the year.
The deputy minister asked them to buy vaccines and collaborate with relevant agencies to prevent the slaughtering, trading and transport of infected pigs to and from the restricted areas.
Pigs seriously infected should be destroyed, he said.
Mai Van Hiep, deputy head of the ministry's Veterinary Department, said the vaccines this year have proved very effective.
The Ministry of Finance has agreed to provide 500,000 doses of blue-ear vaccine from the national reserve to support provinces.
As of October 13, more than 18,900 pigs were infected by the disease, Hiep said.
In Long An province, 13,518 pigs have been affected, 4,258 out of which have been destroyed while in Tay Ninh province, local authorities culled 756 pigs out of 2,694 infected animals.
In Quang Nam province, more than 600 out of 879 sick pigs were destroyed.