Blue-ear pig disease has broken out in five southern provinces, raising concerns that it could spread to other localities, particularly as the weather becomes cooler.
HCM CITY —
Speaking at a conference yesterday, Diep Kinh Tan, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the disease has occurred in the provinces of Long An, Tien Giang, Soc Trang, Tay Ninh and Quang Nam.
He said provincial authorities need to take appropriate measures to control the outbreak to ensure pig supply for the remaining months of the year.
He asked them to buy vaccines and collaborate with relevant agencies to prevent the slaughtering, trading and transport of infected pigs to and from the restricted areas.
Pigs seriously infected should be destroyed, he said.
Mai Van Hiep, deputy head of the Veterinary Department, said the vaccines this year have proved very effective.
The Ministry of Finance has agreed to provide 500,000 doses of blue-ear vaccine to support provinces.
As of October 13, more than 18,900 pigs were infected by the disease, Hiep said.
In Long An Province, 13,518 pigs have been affected, 4,258 out of which have been destroyed. In Tay Ninh Province, of the 2,694 infected, 756 were culled.
In Quang Nam Province more than 600 out of 879 sick pigs were destroyed. — VNS