Vietnam culls 1.8 million pigs due to swine fever
The Department of Veterinary Affairs at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported that the infection already reaches 46 provinces and cities, the last of which are Dak Lak province, in Central Highlands, and Cape Mau, in extreme south.
The first outbreak of the disease occurred in February in northern Hung Yen province, bordering China, so that Vietnam has been forced in four months to sacrifice more than five percent of its herd of pigs.
With the relatively controlled epidemic in the northern region of the country, authorities at all levels, beginning with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, have made insistent calls to take more stringent preventive measures to avoid their spread.
One of the areas under permanent surveillance is the Mekong River delta (south) due to its high vulnerability to the abundance of channels, high temperatures and intense commercial traffic in the territory.
Pork represents more than 70 percent of meat consumption in Vietnam. Domestic production is almost entirely destined to meet domestic demand. ■