May 7, 2020

 

ASF eases in Vietnam, but may recur and spread 'in large scale', says agriculture ministry

 


While the African swine fever has been well contained in Vietnam, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Wednesday, May 6, warned that the disease may recur and spread in large scale, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

 

To date, only 16 provinces and cities in Vietnam have ASF cases, with the majority of infected localities having been cleared of the disease, according to the Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, as reported by the Vietnam News Agency via Xinhua.

 

Agriculture and Rural Development Deputy Minister Phung Duc Tien said the possibility of the ASF spreading again was high and that therefore local authorities must proactively implement measures in order to have early detection and timely warnings as well as completely handle the situation upon discovery of the ASF.

 

The ASF was first detected in Vietnam in February 2019 and it spread to all its 63 provinces.


The disease led to the culling of over 5.9 million pigs or about 22% of the total swine population as of early December 2019, according to a US Department of Agriculture report.