July 5, 2011

 

FMD kills Vietnam's 45,000 livestock

 

 

A foot-and mouth outbreak has hit Vietnam's 39 provinces, resulting in the culling of 37,760 pigs.

 

In addition, 5,000 buffaloes, 938 cows and 329 goats have also been affected, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Animal Health Department (AHD) announced June 24.

 

AHD head Van Nam Hoang said that locals and authorities did not closely manage the epidemic hot spots and did not destroy diseased cattle as instructed, which is why the disease has spread so fast.

 

The AHD has urged the provinces to roll out disease prevention programs and organize vaccinations for 2011, and has also pushed for appropriate vaccine use, as the virus strains evolve continuously.

 

Vietnam aims to contain FMD by the year 2015.

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