Pig disease in China still needs surveillance
disease (PRRS) that hit 39,455 pigs in China is been basically under control,
but remains a big challenge to certain areas.
Since the start
of this year, the outbreak had hit 25 provinces on the mainland. "With
temperature and humidity staying high during the season, it's impossible to rule
out the possibility of aggravation in some areas," according to a notice from
the Ministry of Agriculture.
urged veterinary departments to stay on alert, having a full grasp of the
severity of the highly pathogenic disease and using all possible means to curb
It predicted that the short supply of vaccines would be
eased in August when more would be released. Vaccine immunization should focus
on boars and sows to ensure a healthy reproduction of the animals, the ministry
said, adding that the Yangtze
River valley and other major epidemic areas needed to be kept under
Enough pork supply
Huang Hai, assistant Minister of Commerce assured the public that the
government was capable of securing pork supplies, despite the disease. Commerce,
agricultural and economic planning departments have been urged to stage an
overhaul on local pork reserves to ease the short supply.
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