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Blue-ear epidemic returns to Hà Tĩnh after floods

Update: October, 28/2016 - 18:20
Hà Tĩnh Province’s Veterinary Branch cooperated with local authorities in killing sick animals. — VNA/VNS Photo Công Tường-Phan Quân
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Some 100 pigs in Hà Tĩnh Province have been stricken with blue-ear disease just a month after it was believed to have been brought under control.

On October 24, pigs began dying in Cẩm Bình Commune’s Tiến Hưng Village in Hà Tĩnh Province’s Cẩm Xuyên District. A sample sent for laboratory tests confirmed porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, or blue-ear disease.

The province’s Veterinary branch cooperated with local authorities in killing nearly 100 sick animals.

Preventive measures have been carried to decontaminate areas where the pigs were affected and to halt the transportation of sick pigs to other areas

The epidemic has spread to other villages of the commune.

Local authorities blamed heavy rainfall and recent floods in the area for creating favourable conditions for the virus to spread.

Earlier, dozens of pigs in Thạch Hà District’s Thạch Long Commune were suffering from high temperature and loss of appetite in the middle of September.

Trần Hùng, acting head of the Hà Tĩnh Veterinary Branch, said after receiving information from local authorities on the situation, the branch has taken samples for testing.

As soon as blue-ear disease was confirmed, 200 sick animals were culled and other drastic measures were taken to control the disease, he said, adding that more than 1,010 pigs of other households in the commune were not affected. — VNS



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