China: number of PRRS outbreaks drops
The number of outbreaks of PRRS in pigs has been reducing,
Chinese authorities claim.
That message was sent out by the Chinese ministry
of agriculture in the end of last week. July counted a total number of 22,634
pigs in eleven provinces that were infected with the
Of this number, 6,433 animals perished and 15,728 were culled.
The drop in
outbreaks is due to a vaccination programme, the ministry says. Altogether 150
million millitres of vaccine has been used up until now to fight the
in China indicate a number of 165,000 pigs infected with PRRS
only this year, causing almost 46,000 casualites. Almost
43,000 were culled.
Due to the
outbreak, prices for pork and pigs have been growing. As the vaccine is not
fully available, the Chinese ministry of agriculture expects prices will
continue to do so in the months to come. It is hoped 2008 will see a growth in
Recently, also Vietnam reported a PRRS
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