Vietnam culls 1.2 mln pigs as African swine fever spreads nationwide

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 15, 2019

Concerns about the spread of African swine fever to the USA recently led organisers to cancel the World Pork Expo scheduled for June in the state of Iowa.

Pork accounts for three-quarters of total meat consumption in Vietnam, a country of 95 million people where most of its 30 million farm-raised pigs are consumed domestically.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced on Monday that an outbreak of African swine fever has hit a fourth province and has now been found in Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga as well as the Free State Province.

Nguyen Xuan Cuong said that so far the virus had spread to 29 provinces, among them Dong Nai in the south, which is the largest supplier of pork in the southeast Asian country, according to news portal Vietnam Biz. Swine Flu Deaths in 2019: H1N1 Virus Claims Over 330 Lives Across India, 127 Killed in Rajasthan Alone.

The World Organisation for Animal Health describes African swine fever as a severe viral disease affecting domestic and wild pigs which can cause serious production and economic losses. Animals can contract symptoms like high fever, weakness, skin lesions, vomiting, diarrhoea and difficulty breathing, and because it spreads so rapidly, the only way to stop it is to cull all affected or exposed swine herds as there is no vaccine for the disease. Every day Hong Kong imports around 4,000 live pigs from China with only around 200 pigs coming from local farms in the crowded city. "This will ensure the inactivation of the African swine fever virus, as well as other diseases of concern", the statement said.

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