Hanoi: 68 communes and wards free from ASF (16:44 13/07/2019)

HNP - The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on July 9 issued Report No. 368/BC-SNN on the outcomes of prevention and control of African swine fever (ASF) in Hanoi (as of 17.00 on July 9, 2019).  

On July 9, the ASF virus was found in 180 breeding households in 14 districts and towns, resulting in the culling of 2,504 pigs. 
To date, the ASF disease had been detected in 27,689 breeding households (accounting for 34.3% of the city’s total breeding households) in 24 urban and rural districts. They included Long Bien, Dong Anh, Hoang Mai, Gia Lam, Soc Son, Quoc Oai, Thuong Tin, Phu Xuyen, Thanh Tri, Chuong My, Thach That, Hoai Duc, Phuc Tho, Dan Phuong, among others. The total number of culled pigs amounted to 481,649, accounting for 25.7% of the total herd. 
According to the report, 68 communes and wards in 17 urban and rural districts passed the duration of 30 days since its last ASF-infected animals culled without registering new cases.
In addition to mass environmental sanitation campaigns, all levels, sectors and localities had focused on taking various measures to prevent the disease from further spreading. 
Regarding major preventive measures in the time to come, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will continue taking drastic measures to put the ASF disease under control in accordance with Directive No. 34-CT/TW dated May 20, 2019 of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat on strengthening the leadership and direction in the fight against ASF virus and guiding documents of the Central level and the city. 
It is necessary for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to cooperate with district/township People’s Committees to enhance inspection and tighten supervision of the disease in each breeding household;   and instruct farmers to take actions to control the epidemic as regulated.
Moreover, the report underlined the need to work with departments, sectors and units to inspect and control slaughtering houses, swine trade and transportation in the city; maintain operation of quarantine stations at traffic hubs; and strictly handle violation cases as stipulated by law.
Also, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with press agencies of the Central level and the city will give detailed guidelines on epidemic prevention and control; and strengthen the communication on ASF disease to avoid consumers’ turning away from clean pork.
Among tasks stated in the report include preparing enough materials and chemicals to serve the disease prevention and control in the city; requesting the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sub-Department to regularly update accurate disease information to raise people’s awareness on ASF disease prevention and control; give guidelines on taking more solutions to prevent the ASF virus and other dangerous diseases (rabies, avian influenza, green-ear disease, foot-and-mouth disease) as stipulated by law.

By Tran Huong

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