JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Vietnam confirms first African swine fever cases on three farms

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 19:21 GMT+7
Vietnam confirms first African swine fever cases on three farms
Pigs are seen on the farm of pig farmer Han Yi at a village in Changtu county, Liaoning province, China January 17, 2019. Photo: Reuters

HANOI -- African swine fever has been detected on three farms in Vietnam, authorities said on Tuesday, the first confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease in the Southeast Asia country.

All pigs on the farms located in Hung Yen and Thai Binh provinces, southeast of the capital Hanoi, were culled, the Animal Health Department said in a statement.

The disease, which is incurable in pigs but harmless for humans, has spread rapidly across neighbouring China since August, affecting 25 provinces and regions.

"The disease is not infectious for humans, so people and farmers shouldn't panic," Pham Van Dong, head of the department, told a press conference in Hanoi.

Pork accounts for three quarters of total meat consumption in Vietnam, a country of 95 million people where most of its 30 million farm-raised pigs are consumed domestically.

"Consumers can continue to use (pork) products and shouldn't boycott these products," Dong said.

With pork such a popular meat in many Asian countries, U.N. experts said last September the spread of the virus to China's neighbours was a near certainty, and likely through movements of products containing infected pork.

Nguyen Van Long, the department's chief of epidemiology, said smuggling of animals across borders and tourism made it difficult to control the spread of the disease.

Taiwan's official Central News Agency reported on Friday that its Council of Agriculture had found the virus in a sandwich carried from Vietnam to Taiwan on Feb. 5.

Authorities in Taiwan and Vietnam are working to determine the origin of the pork found in the sandwich, Vietnam's animal health department said.

Reuters

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Chinese tourists hit by Vietnamese over dine and dash

Four Chinese were reportedly injured, with one having a broken arm.

Latest news