Chinese PRRS outbreaks possibly 'covered up'
Local authorities in China may have covered up PRRS outbreaks that killed
tens of thousands of pigs, the nation's chief vet said early this week. He
added, however, that there was no cause for panic.
Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive
Syndrome (PRRS), also known as blue-ear
disease, has killed 68,000 pigs across China and led to another 175,000 being
slaughtered, Jia Youling, chief veterinary officer at the Chinese Ministry of
Jia responded to some press reports that had
suggested that the number of infected pigs is much higher than disclosed
government figures, citing the dramatic spike in pork prices in China this year
"Although there may be some
cover-ups (by local authorities), it is absolutely impossible (that) the figure
could be as big as... millions or 10 million as reported by the media," Jia
"Panic was caused because people didn't know (it was) blue-ear
disease and had no idea how to deal with it. But it doesn't mean the number of
infected pigs is huge."
Jia said that an
effective PRRS vaccine had been developed and distributed to those areas that
are affected most seriously. The spread of the disease was now under
He said at the moment over 100 million pigs
have been vaccinated.
"So far, no blue-ear disease has been found in
places that have done the vaccination."
â€¢ Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (in Chinese)
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