PRRS rocks Vietnam
Several provinces in Vietnam face PRRS infections
Vietnam ’s veterinary department has reported the continued spread of PRRS affecting the provinces of Thai Binh in the north, Nghe An and Thua Thien-Hue in the centre of the country and Lam Dong in the Central Highlands. Over 1520 infected pigs in these provinces have been culled.
PRRS now affects 10 out of the country’s 64 provinces and cities, the department said. The Vietnamese ministry of agriculture continues to demand that local communities restrict transport and monitor trade closely for early signs of new disease outbreaks. A programme of vaccination is being started with 1 million doses of vaccine imported from China. Ministry of agriculture officials also have called on world animal health agency OIE and China’s veterinary service to send experts able to to help Vietnam in fighting the disease.
Recent reports have said over 82 000 pigs were culled between January and April this year due to PRRS. In 2007 the disease was blamed for the deaths of 20 336 pigs in 324 communes located within 65 districts of 19 provinces and cities across the country.