PRRS found in 22 Chinese provinces
About 22 Chinese provinces have been hit by PRRS
during the first five months of this year, killing 18,597 pigs, the country's
chief veterinarian has announced.
Altogether, the disease was found in 45,858 pigs, leading to the culling of
5,778 animals, said Jia Youling, director of the veterinary bureau, related to
the country's ministry of agriculture.
Within three months of the
disease being identified, a vaccine was developed; and the ministry has
authorised 12 factories to produce the vaccine, Jia
The finance ministry allocated 285 million
yuan (€27.88 million) toward free vaccines for smaller breeding farms, where the
disease was widespread last year.
About a million pigs died of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome
(PRRS), last year only known as 'high-fever
"The disease caused panic, but the pig
death rate last year was actually within the normal range of 6 to 8%. The
'high-fever disease' accounted for only 0.2% of the fatalities."
also said the outbreak had contributed in the recent pork price increases,
adding however that 'the main reason was the big price increases of animal feed
that began last June'.
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