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Vietnam culls 1.2 mn pigs over African swine fever outbreak

IANS  |  Ho Chi Minh City 

Around 1.2 million pigs have been culled in due to the risk of being infected with African swine fever, the and Rural Development said on Monday.

Nguyen said that so far the virus had spread to 29 provinces, among them in the south, which is the largest supplier of pork in the southeast Asian country, according to news portal Biz.

Authorities warned against the fast spread of the virus and the difficulty in detecting it, resulting in the approval of a series of measures to prevent it from affecting more hog farms.

According to Vietnamese experts, the outbreak spread into the country from neighbouring China, Efe news reported.

In Hong Kong, 6,000 pigs were culled during the weekend for being infected with the virus.

The African swine fever virus, which is harmless to humans, is a highly infectious disease for pigs and is no vaccine or medical remedy available.

Since the first instances of the virus came to light in in 2018, the epidemic has spread through the entire country, as well to neighbouring and Cambodia, besides Vietnam, the report said.

In September, the (FAO) called a three-day emergency meeting in to formulate a regional response to outbreaks of the disease in in late August.

produces most of the pork it consumes, although it also imports from other countries like the US, and

authorities culled more than 40,000 pigs, according to FAO, to contain the plague that has had at least five outbreaks in August and which, in its most severe case, leads to the death of the infected animal.

African swine fever, which often affects warthogs, red river hogs (a natural species of the Horn of Africa) and ticks -- is not contagious to humans, but has threatened the Chinese market, which represents more than half of global pork production.

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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 19:06 IST
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