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Vietnamese PM requires measures to control African pig fever – Xinhua



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HANOI, February 22 (Xinhua) – Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, agencies and relevant locations to take prompt action to control African pig fever (ASF) in Vietnam, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Friday.

The prime minister ordered chairs of provincial and urban people committees to issue instructions and treat all the areas that are completely affected to prevent new cases, and steering committees with detailed duties for each member must be established to improve inspections and supervision.

The steering committees must keep an insight into boundaries and slaughterhouses, and educate local people on preventive measures.

The agricultural ministry is responsible for liaising with relevant international organizations and countries to maintain joint measures to prevent the spread of disease.

In Vietnam, ASF was discovered in the province of two northern Hung Yen and Thai Binh.

The Agricultural Animal Health Agri-Department on Thursday has assigned eight laboratories across Vietnam to administer free generic tests for ASF.

Pham Van Dong, director of the department, said that rapid and immediate genes tests were an effective step in preventing and controlling the disease, as well as limited economic losses and environmental impacts.

ASF cases have occurred in 20 countries and almost 1.1 million pigs were hidden to prevent spread, according to the World Health Organization.

According to the organization, ASF is a serious virus disease that affects domestic and wild pigs; and can be spread by live or dead pigs, domestic or wild products, and pork products. Now, there is no approved vaccine against ASF.

ASF virus does not affect people but causes hemorrhagic fever in pigs and wildlife almost always dead.

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