FAO: better farming helps control diseases
The outbreaks of PRRS in Vietnam can be controlled through better farming
practices, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said earlier this
At the request of Vietnam, a team of veterinary experts was sent recently to
Vietnam by the FAO/OIE Crisis Management Centre for Animal Health to investigate
recent deaths among swine in four provinces.
said that it appeared that, apart from Porcine
Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrom
(PRRS), there were a number of swine diseases that could be interacting to
cause the unusual signs that were observed.
"Sick pigs can be cured from secondary infections by appropriate
use of approved antibiotic injections, and this would greatly reduce the
losses," said team leader Dr Carolyn Benigno.
Both the FAO and
Vietnam urged the international community to support future disease
investigation and laboratory work and to undertake a communication campaign for
farmers, para-veterinarians, and the
Samples have been sent to an international
laboratory in the US for confirmation and for sequencing of the strain to
determine the type of the virus and identify the appropriate
Preliminary tests so far tested negative for African Swine
Fever (ASF), Classical Swine
Fever (CSF) and Foot and
Only last month, Vietnam last month reported at least two
human deaths and more than 20 human cases of another pig-borne disease,
â€¢ UN Food and Agriculture Organization
â€¢ World Organization for Animal
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