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Vietnamese capital hit by blue-ear disease

In a report yesterday by the Vietnamese Department of Animal Health, blue-ear disease has spread to Hanoi after having ravaged its way through southern and central Vietnam.

A quarantine zone has been established around a private farm in the Gia Lam District upon discovery of the disease in 12 piglets. The animals have subsequently been slaughtered.

In the period June to July 2007, more than 50,000 pigs tested positive for the disease, which is also known as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

Spread
In the meantime, the spread of the disease had declined until new outbreaks occurred in the northern Hai Duong, central Khanh Hoa and southern Ca Mau provinces.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had warned earlier this month that the disease must be contained and that farmers were not aware of the seriousness of it.

Related website:
• Vietnamese Department of Animal Health

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