Vietnam braced for pig disease recurrence

09-09-2009 | |

Vietnamese animal health officials predict that foot and mouth disease (FMD), blue-ear disease (PRRS) and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) will soon return to the south of the country.

The Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development report that foot-and-mouth disease is now in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highland) province of Dak Nong and central provinces of Quang Ngai, Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Ha Tinh.

It also said blue-ear disease, or Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, also infected a herd of six pigs in the Cuu Long Delta province of Bac Lieu on 21 August. Blue-ear is also recurring in Ba Ria, Vung Tau and Dong Nai provinces.

Animal Health Office Zone VI said the disease may reappear in provinces such as Lam Dong, Binh Phuoc, Ba Ria–Vung Tau and Long An which breed large quantities of livestock and have many slaughter houses that are not properly inspected.