Blue ear disease hits pigs in north Thailand
The Thai National Animal Diagnosis Centre confirmed
last Wednesday that the pig samples from Nguyet Lang Village, Minh Khai Commune,
Vu Thu District, sent for testing by the provincial Animal Health Department had
tested positive for blue ear disease.
In total, around 150 pigs were destroyed to prevent the disease from
spreading. Of the 150, 43 were sows.
Deputy director of the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry's Animal
Breeding Department, Nguyen Thanh Son, had previously said that the loss of a
sow was equivalent to losing 1-1.5 tonnes of pork a year.
The disease is suspected to have spread from Vietnam
where the Vietnamese Animal Health Department confirmed that around 186,400 pigs
have become infected with the disease.
The Vietnamese government announced that it would provide VND120bil (USD7.5m)
to curb PRRS in central provinces.
The recent outbreak of PRRS among pigs in Vietnam has been attributed to a
poor anti-epidemic system, shortage of funds and limited awareness of the
importance of blue ear disease prevention and protection among farmers and
Officials in the country warned that northern provinces would suffer from a
scarcity of pigs if the epidemic continued to spread as quickly as it has
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