Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan has requested provinces plagued by blue- ear pig disease to take stronger action to stop the spread of the disease.
Speaking at a regular meeting of the National Steering Committee on Bird Flu Prevention and Control in Hanoi on June 12, Tan asked the localities to strengthen farm inspections, destroy dead or sick pigs, decontaminate affected areas, and set up checkpoints to stop the transportation of pork from these places to prevent further spread of the disease.
He also ordered localities to have their pigs vaccinated.
Hoang Van Nam, head of the Ministry’s Animal Health Department, said the disease this year has been erratic in occurrence. It was first detected in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai on January 11 and has since spread to 123 communes nationwide, ravaging 34,000 pigs – 21,700 of which had to be destroyed.
One common characteristic of the outbreak is that the disease has spread widely over a short period of time, reflecting the late detection of local leaders and farmers in the early stages of the outbreak, Nam said.