Vet Claims Cure for Pig Disease

A government veterinarian in Binh Trieu commune, Quang Nam province says he has successfully treated pigs with Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus, the disease also called blue ear.

Mr. Doan Quoc Thanh who claims to be able to cure blue ear disease in pigs

Doan Quoc Thanh, head of Binh Trieu’s Animal Health Office, says it only takes four to seven days for a pig to recover as long as the disease is not too advanced.

Mr. Thanh’s research into blue ear began after the disease struck Binh Trieu and killed hundreds of pigs in only one day.

With 30 years of experience in veterinary practice, Mr. Thanh began to experiment on three of his own pigs that were infected with blue ear.

By observing the sick pigs, he discovered that their symptoms such as high fever, loss of appetite and sticky droppings closely resembled those of dry cholera.

He decided to treat the pigs with a combination of ODC Tylo D, Anagin, Vitamin C2000 and other medicines.

After several days, the pigs gradually showed signs of recovery, their fever subsided, their appetites returned and their droppings became normal.

Having made excellent progress, Mr. Thanh took a risk by switching to another treatment using Lincoseytin, Glucoza and various medicines for intestinal disorders. This too proved successful, particularly in restoring the pigs’ appetite.

He then began treating 200 stricken pigs belonging to local farmers. To his great pleasure and slight surprise, 180 pigs were cured of blue ear. Only a score failed to respond, probably because the disease was too advanced in them.

Mr. Thanh has shown his new treatment to experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, who have given it their seal of approval.

To date Mr. Thanh and six of his colleagues have successfully treated 487 pigs in and around Binh Trieu.

Another bonus of his treatment is that it is very cheap, between VND30,000 and VND120,000 per sick pig.

Blue ear first appeared in the 1970s in China, where it killed more than two million pigs.

The Blue Ear epidemic has continued to spread in the central provinces of Viet Nam leaving more than 27,000 pigs infected.

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By Staff Writers – Translated by Khanh Hong

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