Hundreds of African swine fever outbreaks have been reported in central Vietnam localities in recent weeks, forcing authorities to take drastic action to prevent further spread of the disease.
In central Thanh Hoa province, the disease has affected 42 municipalities from 10 districts and cities this year. Nearly 2,200 pigs, weighing over 150 tonnes were burned, provincial media Thanh Hoa Radio reported on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, authorities in central Quang Binh province said Monday that so far, 41 municipalities in eight districts and cities have been affected by the swine fever, with about 2,100 pigs weighing approximately 121 tonnes.
Several localities in central Vietnam, including Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Nam and Quang Tri provinces, have reported hundreds of swine fever outbreaks, noting that the situation has been more complicated since September. Measures are being taken to surround, control and extinguish explosions.
There is a very high risk that swine fever will occur and spread further in the remaining months of this year, the Department of Animal Health said. Changing weather, increased slaughter, transport and trade of pigs were among the main reasons for the outbreaks, according to the department.
By the end of October, over 1,900 African swine fever outbreaks were confirmed in 57 localities across the country, leading to the extermination of nearly 160,000 pigs or 0.6 per cent of the country’s total herd, local media quoted him as saying.
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