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
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.
Department of Animal Health
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