Published Date: 2007-09-18 23:50:00
Subject: PRO/MBDS> Porcine reproductive & respiratory syndrome - Viet Nam (07)
Archive Number: 20070918.3104
PORCINE REPRODUCTIVE & RESPIRATORY SYNDROME - VIET NAM (07)
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Date: Tue 18 Sep 2007
Source: Thanh Nien News [edited]
Viet Nam's Department of Animal Health reported Tuesday [18 Sep 2007]
that after lying low for a while blue ear disease has once again
broken out among pigs in Khanh Hoa and Ca Mau provinces.
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome [PRRS], as the disease
is medically known, has killed 91 pigs reared by 7 households in
Khanh Hoa, in the central region.
In Ca Mau in the south, it infected pigs bred by the Agricultural
Seeding Center, killing 243.
Authorities in these provinces are scrambling to head off the disease
by vaccinating, sterilizing, and slaughtering infected animals.
Blue ear disease 1st hit the central region in June  and
rapidly spread all over the country, infecting around 60 000 pigs.
At the end of August  Viet Nam had declared the epidemic eradicated.
[Byline: Quang Duan, trans. Trong Nhien]
[Summary information on 31 outbreaks from Viet Nam reported to the
OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) on 1 Aug 2007 is contained
in PRO/MBDS posting Porcine reproductive & respiratory syndrome -
Viet Nam (06) 20070821.2733 (and available at the OIE website at
Outbreaks had occurred nationwide, with 1st reports of disease
identified in the northern provinces of Hai Duong, Hanoi City, and
Thanh Hoa (see 1st report to OIE available at
This is the 1st report of PRRS being identified in both Khanh Hoa and
Ca Mau provinces since PRRS activity was identified in Mar 2007.
For a map of where outbreaks have been identified, use the OIE report
URL links provided above. For maps of Viet Nam with provinces and
regions of the country, see