Residents cull hundreds of pigs infected by African swine disease

VOV.VN - Residents across the northern province of Hung Yen have been forced to cull a number of their pigs, with much of their livestock having contracted African Swine Fever (ASF).

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The ASF virus had been discovered in Hung Yen’s Trung Nghia commune, in Hung Yen city, and Yen Hoa commune in Yen My district on February 13. Households throughout the region have reported the incidents to local authorities in a timely manner, helping to map out measures to deal with the epidemic.

The Department of Animal Health at the central and grassroots levels had taken 29 samples from farms in the area for testing and reported back that 12 of the samples contained ASF.

A local family in Khoa Nhu hamlet was forced to cull 120 pigs whilst a ban on the transport of poultry and cattle in the infected areas has been enforced, along with all vehicles travelling in the region having to be disinfected and sterilised.

Le Van Duyet, chairman of Yen Hoa commune’s People’s Committee, said apart from instructing residents to disinfect the contaminated farms and cull infected pigs, all trading and slaughtering activities have been prohibited.

Yen Hoa commune now has nearly 4,000 cattle and the ASF infected pigs have been completely culled in order to stamp out the epidemic.

Outbreaks of ASF have also been detected in Dong Do commune, Dong Hung district, in Thai Binh province.

Pham Van Dong, head of the Department of Animal Health, said the ASF epidemic has not spread to humans, therefore residents need not worry too much when eating pork.

He also requested media agencies to prudently release information to ensure that efficient prevention work and production was maintained.

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