According to a report released by the provincial steering committee on the prevention and control of animal diseases, ASF outbreaks have been detected in five communes and towns in the three districts of Ninh Son, Thuan Bac, and Bac Ai. The most recent locality to declare an ASF epidemic was Bac Ai which made the announcement on the morning of September 12.
Nguyen Duc Hoa, Vice Chairman of the Ninh Son district People’s Committee, said aside from Tan Son town which had declared free from the epidemic, ASF has spread to the communes of Nhon Son and Luong Son, forcing 190 infected pigs to be culled.
Most ASF outbreaks have been discovered at small households which had not taken any major measures to prevent the epidemic. These outbreaks have led to significant damage to the pig breeding industry.
As of September 12, a total of 279 infected pigs have been culled across the three districts, mostly in Ninh Son, while the other districts have undertaken urgent preventive measures in order to halt the spread of the virus to other areas.
During the meeting, Vice Chairman Tran Quoc Nam said although cases of the ASF epidemic had occurred at small pig farms, other provincial districts should strictly monitor the trading and transportation of pigs and pork products through infected areas as a way of preventing the spread of the epidemic.
Mr Nam emphasised that localities across the region should urgently disinfect their breeding facilities and any surrounding areas, whilst they should also keep a close watch on the transportation of pigs, in addition to making sure culled pigs are taken to burial sites in line with existing regulations in order to avoid environmental pollution.