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Measures put in place as pig disease becomes widespread

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Measures put in place as pig disease becomes widespread

QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

Localities are urgently tightening control of the transport and slaughtering of sick pigs in an effort to contain the blue-ear pig epidemic, which has spread to 21 provinces across the country.

The HCM City Municipal People’s Committee on August 13 urged key corporations and cattle processors to speed up the purchase, slaughtering and delivery of safe pork in the face of the spreading of the blue-ear pig disease.

It also asked the designated agencies to stockpile safe meat to ensure an adequate supply of pork products on the market after the epidemic wanes.

Farmers are running into difficulties with the purchase price of pigs having fallen dramatically to VND22,000/kg. Facing a big loss, they are not interested in investing in new pig herds, which could result in a serious shortage of safe meat on the market when the epidemic is contained.

The Municipal People’s Committee instructed its departments and districts to enhance the dissemination of information about the epidemic and preventative measures. It asked farmers, abattoirs and consumers not to hide outbreaks or purchase, sell and transport sick animals, or dispose of them in public places.

The committee also called for a tight control of transport and sales of animal products, especially pork, at street meet stalls, inter-provincial bus stations, wholesale markets and entrance gates to prevent products of unknown origin from penetrating the city.

Also on August 13, Long An province – a gateway to HCM City – declared the blue ear pig disease in Chau Thanh district. It warned the disease could spread rapidly to neighbouring communes and buffer zones, including Tan Chanh, Tan An, Phuoc Tuy, Nhut Ninh, Duc Tan, Anh Vinh Ngai and Binh Tam communes.

The provincial People’s Committee asked Chau Thanh district and Tan An city to establish taskforces to assist farmers in culling sick pigs.

The province banned the trading, slaughtering and transport of pigs and related products within the epidemic-affected areas. It has required the provincial Animal Health Department to quarantine outbreaks, disinfect farms, cull dead or sick pigs, and increase patrols at markets and gates to the province.

Local quarantine agencies have set up checkpoints along major arteries to the province, put up signposts at high-risks areas, and sterilized the means of transport coming into and going out of the affected localities.

Since the first case was detected in Tan Tan city on July 16, 2010, the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus has attacked 61 communes, with 5,500 pigs infected.

In Dong Nai province – another gateway to HCM City, the provincial Animal health Department announced on August 13 that the disease has spread to Bac Son and Song Trau communes in Trang Bom district bordering Vinh Tan commune in Vinh Cuu district where the first case of infection was confirmed on July 29.

Bac Son and Vinh Tan communes have culled more than 2,000 sick pigs, however, Vinh Tan now has about 3,000 pigs testing positive for the PRRS virus.

On a fact-finding tour the same day, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat asked the provincial Animal Health Department to separate healthy animals from sick ones, cull all infected pigs, disinfect farms and apply the commercial breeding model.

Dong Nai has the largest number of pigs in Vietnam, about 1.4 million.

In the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, blue-ear pig disease outbreaks have been confirmed in 36 communes of six districts and cities. Local animal health agencies have culled more than 1,300 sick pigs testing positive for the PRRS virus. Thousands of other pigs are under strict surveillance.

After declaring the epidemic on August 12, Khanh Hoa has established checkpoints along roads to Cam Ranh town and Khanh Son district where the disease has not yet been detected.

Across the country, the epidemic has spread to 21 provinces, namely: Nghe An, Cao Bang, Soc Trang, Tien Giang, Lao Cai, Long An, Binh Duong, Bac Lieu, Quang Nam, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Da Nang, Vinh Long, Khanh Hoa, Dak Lak, Hau Giang, Lam Dong, Tay Ninh, Ba Ria Vung Tau, An Giang and Dong Thap.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Blue-ear pig disease spreads to 16 provinces and cities

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Blue-ear pig disease spreads to 16 provinces and cities

QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:5 (GMT+7)

On August 6 three more provinces, Vinh Long, Dak Lak and Khanh Hoa, reported having blue-ear pig disease, bringing the total number of infected provinces to 16.

Ho Chi Minh City has culled nearly 200 pigs which were suspected of being infected with the disease but its head of the Department of Animal Health, Hoang Van Nam, said on August 6 that the city is not listed as an affected locality because they did not actually detect the disease on pig farms.

As of August 5, more than 43,000 pigs had been infected with the disease, 22,000 of which had been culled.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan has directed localities to check on the vaccination of pigs.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has also requested that at least 80 percent of pigs should be vaccinated. It has also asked localities to set up checkpoints to prevent the illegal transportation of pigs.

The 16 hit provinces are: Nghe An, Cao Bang, Soc Trang, Quang Tri, Tien Giang, Lao Cai, Long An, Binh Duong, Bac Lieu, Quang Nam, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Da Nang, Vinh Long, Khanh Hoa and Dak Lak.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Blue ear pig disease spreads to 13 provinces

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

Blue ear pig disease has spread to 13 provinces and cities nationwide, with the latest outbreak in Da Nang City, said the Department of Animal Health on July 31.

A vet checks pigs with blue ear disease in Bac Lieu Province (Photo: VNA)

The disease was detected within Hoa Khuong and Hoa Lien communes of Da Nang City, which has 92 infected pigs.

In the southern province of Tien Giang, the disease was found in 76 households in three districts.

To date, 9 districts in the province have claimed 13,377 infected pigs, while 5,598 infected pigs were destroyed, the department said.

Earlier, the disease reappeared in Dong Nai and Binh Phuoc provinces.

The 13 infected provinces and cities are Nghe An, Cao Bang, Soc Trang, Quang Tri, Tien Giang, Lao Cai, Long An, Binh Duong, Bac Lieu, Quang Nam, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc and Da Nang.

Source: SGGP

Pig disease still out of control

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:09 am

Hanoi intensifies measures against blue-ear pig disease

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Hanoi intensifies measures against blue-ear pig disease

QĐND – Saturday, May 08, 2010, 22:30 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi municipal People’s Committee on May 7 issued an urgent telegram asking leaders of districts and towns to establish steering boards for epidemic prevention and control and introduce effective measures again blue-ear disease in pigs.

The telegram urged localities to strictly implement preventive measures following the regulations of the Veterinary Ordinance and instructions of functional agencies to detect new outbreaks of the disease as soon as possible and prevent further contagion.

According to the Hanoi Department of Animal Health, blue-ear pig disease has spread to two more districts, Thuong Tin and Thanh Oai. Earlier, three districts – Gia Lam, Me Linh and Phu Xuyen – had been found to be hit by the epidemic.

As many as 418 pig breeding farms in 56 hamlets in 17 communes of the above five districts were reported to be infected by blue-ear disease, resulting in more than 3,770 sick pigs, including more than 2,100 deaths.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

No evidence pig disease can spread from human to human

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 at 4:31 am

Four patients have contracted a rare pathogen from local pigs, but there is no evidence to suggest the infection could spread from human to human, the National Hospital of Infectious and Tropical Diseases said.

Veterianrians vaccinate pigs at a fram in northern province of Ninh Binh.  

Hospital director Nguyen Van Kinh said on May 3 that all those who had contracted the streptococcus suis bacteria, commonly found in pigs, had eaten undercooked pork products made from diseased swine.

Streptococcus suis can cause meningitis or septicaemia (blood poisoning) if patients do not receive timely treatment, said Dr. Kinh

The hospital receives 1-2 people per day suspected of having contracted the bacterium, said Dr. Kinh, adding that they suffered symptoms such as fevers and nausea.

The four infected patients include three who caught meningitis and one with blood poisoning.

According to epidemic experts, streptococcus suis cases occur all year round, however, the number of patients has increased sharply with the rise of the blue-ear pig disease in several provinces recently.

As part of the efforts to combat the disease, the ministry has warned traders not to buy and sell pork without authorized certification of its origin or quarantine.

The Ministry of Health also warmed that people should not eat pigs’ blood curd, sick pigs or undercooked pork.

In related news, 47 people contracted diarrhea after having a weeding party at Han village, Ly Nhan District, in the northern province of Ha Nam, said Dang Dinh Thoang, Director of the province’s Preventive Health Center.

Thoang said on May 3 that four out of 47 wedding guests had been taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Most of the infected patients ate unsafe food and drank polluted water, Thoang said.

As of now, five cities and provinces in the north – Hanoi, Hai Phong, Bac Ninh, Hai Duong and Ha Nam – have reported outbreaks of acute diarrhea and cholera, said the Department of Preventive Health at the Ministry of Health.

Source: SGGP

PM orders to quickly control pig disease

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 6:27 am

To deal with an outbreak of blue-ear pig disease in the country, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung Wednesday ordered localities to quickly deploy public health measures preventing the disease from the outbreak.

A local health servant disinfects sick pigs in Vu Thu District, northern province of Thai Binh. (Photo:VNA)

The PM asked provinces and cities where the disease was found to strictly forbid transporting and selling pigs contaminated with the disease, focus on quarantining sick pigs.

Local health authorities would be punished if they fail to prevent residents from dumping dead pigs’.

Since the end of March, the blue-ear pig disease has broken out in several northern provinces, including Hai Duong, Thai Binh, Hung Yen, Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen, causing a big damages for breeders as well as raising concerns over epidemic prevention in localities, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported.

According to the Animal Health Department, thousands of pigs have contracted the virus so far. Hung Yen Province has the largest figure with 10,000 cases, followed by Thai Binh Province with about 7,000 cases.

On the same day, Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute organized a seminar on cholera and measures to prevent spread of cholera.

Speaking at the seminar, Dr. Le Truong Giang, Vice Director of the HCMC Health Department said the city continued to control over the spread of cholera and quarantine new cases meanwhile many street vendors in the city did not ensure safety food, especially lack fresh water for cleaning dishes.

The city will hold a training course for street food sellers to enhance awareness on safety and hygiene food in the end of May, said Mr. Giang.

According to HCMC Pasteur Institute deputy director, Dr. Le Hoang San, a threat of cholera spreading from Cambodia where over 300 cholera patients and five deaths have been reported.

According to the Health Ministry, Vietnam has 19 cholera cases in five provinces – five cases in An Giang, seven cases in HCM City, five in Hai Duong, one in Bac Ninh and one in Hanoi.

The institute will also coordinate with Cambodia to control cholera and prevent the spread of the disease to Vietnam, said Mr. San.

Source: SGGP