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Localities take measures to stop foot-and-mouth disease

Update: December, 24/2014 - 09:36
The cold weather in northern and central provinces also contributed to the disease's spread.— Photo nguoiduatin

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) asked provinces and cities to conducts aggressive measures to prevent foot-and-mouth disease in livestock, which appeared in various provinces since November, including Ha Tinh, Thanh Hoa, Lang Son, Lao Cai and Yen Bai, according to the MARD.

More than 480 animals were hit by the disease. The sick animals were then transported to other areas, spreading the disease, experts from the MARD said.

The cold weather in northern and central provinces also contributed to the disease's spread.

Chairmen of province- and city-level people's committees were asked to ban imports of livestock from localities where the disease had broken out.

Leaders in areas where the disease had broken out were asked to take measures such as culling sick livestock, sterilising affected areas and setting up stations to check livestock going in and out of the locality.

The MARD also asked localities to raise local residents' awareness about the situation and seek their help in controlling the disease and vaccinating livestock.

Animal health departments were told to advise area residents to choose safe breeding animals, while localities with low rates of vaccination were asked to purchase more vaccines and strengthen supervision to detect the disease in time.

Le Dinh Son, deputy chairman of the Ha Tinh People's Committee, said that the biggest difficulty in controlling the disease was that local residents had the habit of letting their livestock wander despite warnings from authorities. Additionally, many households did not vaccinate their livestock.

As a result, more than 100 animals in the province's Hong Linh Town and Can Loc District were hit by foot-and-mouth disease this year. — VNS

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