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17/06/2019 - 18:22

Long An province hit by African swine fever

On June 16, Long An Provincial People's Committee announced the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) after pigs farmed by Ms.Pham Thi Bay, a farmer in Hau Hoa hamlet of Duc Hoa Thuong commune, Duc Hoa district died from June 8 to 14, testing positive for the ASF virus.

 Test results of all these samples were positive for ASF virus

Ms.Bay raised 41 pigs. According to her, on June, a sow and its 11 piglets died. By June 12, a 3-month-old pig died; on the morning of June 14, 2 more pigs died.

On June 14, she reported to the local authority. According to rapid test results, 2/2 samples were positive for ASF virus. Functional forces took and sent samples to test, culled all the remaining pigs. Test results of all these samples were positive for ASF virus.

Functional forces took and sent samples to test, culled all the remaining pigs

According to Deputy Director of the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Dinh Thi Phuong Khanh, this outbreak may not be the first one in the commune. Disease will spread quickly unless it is detected and handled promptly.

At present, the neighboring communes have a large herd of pigs. Therefore, the Agricultural sector asked the local authorities to accurately checks the total number of pigs of each household in the whole district, immediately establishes the commune-level Steering Committee for epidemic prevention and control, strengthens the monitoring of epidemics in within 3 kilometers as well as immediately culls in case of detection of any signs of illness in pigs.

At the same time, the authorities have to focus on propagating and announcing hotlines for reporting diseases on the media to people.

The risk of spreading African swine fever from Duc Hoa Thuong commune to neighboring communes is very high

If there are no veterinarians, local authorities assign officials to supervise diseases in the area, strengthen surveillance and disinfection in areas where epidemics are at risk.

Up to now, in the Mekong River Delta, Long An is the 12th province where the ASF epidemic has occurred. Ben Tre is the only province that has not yet detected the epidemic./.

By Huynh Phong - Translated by Pham Ngan

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