Concerted measures taken to prevent and control African swine fever (08:10 18/09/2020)

HNP - Hanoi’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development released Report No. 356/BC-SNN on September 14, regarding prevention and control of African swine fever (ASF) in the city, as of September 13.

According to the report, on September 12, the ASF broke out in several households in Vong La Village, Vong La Commune, Dong Anh District, destroying a total of 31 infected pigs with a total weight of 1,522kg.
So far, the outbreak in Dong Phuong Yen, Chuong My District has been  under control. 
As of September 13, Hanoi recorded only in two pig farms in rural districts infected with the ASF virus. The number of infected and culled pigs was 71 with a total weight of 6,396kg.
In response to the complicated development of ASF, the department asked the Sub-Department of Livestock Production and Animal Health, and veterinary facilities to serve as advisory agencies in effectively rolling out concerted measures to minimize the spread of the virus. 
According to the department, Hanoi is at high risk of ASF infection. Meanwhile, there is no vaccine and no cure for the disease, and livestock farmers are still  unguarded  with African swine fever.
Regarding measures for ASF prevention work in the time ahead, the department will urge the Sub-Department of Livestock Production and Animal Health to closely monitor the disease in the localities, timely detect the outbreak and destroy sick pigs as regulated. 
The Department will also order district- and commune-level People’s Committees to realize the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 972/QD-TTg dated July 7, 2020 on approving the National Strategy for prevention and control of ASF for the 2020-2025 period, while encouraging local breeders to apply bio-safe practices in breeding so as to prevent ASF outbreak.

By Tran Huong



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