June 30, 2020
Vietnam reports ASF in 45 cities, provinces
Since early this year, African swine fever has occurred in 45 provinces and cities in Vietnam, which has killed 34,000 pigs, stated the country's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Monday, Vietnam News Agency reported.
While some of the localities have declared clear of the epidemic, currently 238 communes of 19 localities are still suffering from the disease, with African swine fever outbreak reported within the past 30 days, according to the report.
There is a high possibility that the fever will continue to reoccur and widely spread, which will seriously affect the restock and pork supply, said the report.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development ordered localities to enhance the control of pig transport to prevent the spread and recurrence of the disease as well as asked relevant authorities to send technical officers to the localities with swine fever to coordinate with local authorities in tackling the outbreak, the news agency reported.
In 2019, African swine fever spread to all provinces and cities in Vietnam, leading to the death and culling of about 5.9 million pigs, according to the news agency.