Blue ear, bird flu outbreaks in some provinces in Vietnam

Three districts in the central province of Nghe An have reported that some 383 pigs have died of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV), also called blue ear disease.
The disease has already wiped out herds in Dien Kim and Dien Thai Communes of Dien Chau District, Quynh Thach, Quynh Van and Quynh Xuan Communes in Quynh Luu District and five communes in Yen Thanh District.

This rapid spread of the disease is worrying local authorities and causing much concern among breeders. 
On March 19, Dinh Viet Hong, deputy chairman of Nghe An People’s Committee worked with animal health authorities in Dien Chau District, which reported fresh outbreaks. Since March 16, two outbreaks killed 70 pigs in Dien Kim and Dien Thai Communes. Hong asked the provincial Department of Animal Health to provide Dien Chau District with 5,000,000 vaccine dozes and 500,000 liters of chemicals for blue ear prevention.
Foot and mouth disease has affected herds of cattle in five communes in Don Duong District in the central province of Lam Dong, said Hoang Huy Lieu, deputy head of the provincial Department of Animal Health.

Around 130 cattle have been infected and eight have died of the disease. The Department is taking strict measures to contain the disease.
The Department of Animal Health in the Mekong delta province of Ca Mau said they had sent 96 random samples from poultry markets in the province for testing of H5N1, of which 35 samples proved positive. 

By staff writers - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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