WORLD African swine fever spreads to another Vietnamese province

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African swine fever spreads to another Vietnamese province

Xinhua

17:18, June 14, 2019

HANOI, June 14 (Xinhua) - Vietnam's central Quang Binh province has been hit by African swine fever (ASF), Vietnam News Agency reported on Friday.

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Pig's trotters and offal are displayed for sale at a market in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Monday, May 27, 2019. (Photo: VCG)

Specimens from pigs raised by a household in the province's Minh Hoa district have been tested positive to the ASF virus, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

To prevent ASF from spreading, local authorities have culled over 50 pigs raised by the household and have disinfected surrounding areas.

The animal disease has led to the culling of some 2.5 million pigs nationwide, or 7.5 percent of the country's total pig population, the agency reported.

ASF is a severe viral disease affecting domestic pigs and boars which can be spread by live or dead pigs and pork products. The ASF virus is harmless to human but causes hemorrhagic fever in pigs and wild boars that is almost fatal. 

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