Published Date: 2008-04-17 15:01:42
Subject: PRO/MBDS> Porcine reproductive & respiratory syndrome - Viet Nam (08)
Archive Number: 20080417.1382
PORCINE REPRODUCTIVE & RESPIRATORY SYNDROME - VIET NAM (08)
A ProMED-mail post
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International Society for Infectious Diseases
Date: Thu 17 Apr 2008
Source: Radio The Voice of Viet Nam News [edited]
Blue ear pig epidemic spreads to northern region
The Veterinary Department has confirmed Thai Binh as the 1st northern
province hit by the blue ear pig epidemic early this month [April 2008].
The epidemic has [since] then spread to 470 communes and wards in 6
other provinces and cities, including Ha Tinh, Thanh Hoa, Quang Nam,
Nghe An, Lam Dong, and Thua Thien-Hue.
Most recently, on [16 Apr 2008] the epidemic was detected in 36 other
communes and wards nationwide with 16 231 pigs infected. As a result,
more than 22 293 pigs have been newly culled, bringing the total
number to 171 294.
On [10 Apr 2008], the 1st suspected cases were detected in Nguyet
Lang hamlet, Minh Khai commune, Vu Thu district in Thai Binh
province. On [16 Apr 2008], samples taken from sick pigs in the
hamlet tested positive for the blue ear pig disease. By 5 pm the same
day [16 Apr 2008], all 140 pigs in the hamlet were culled.
The epidemic has become more complicated in Thanh Hoa province,
affecting 357 communes in 19 districts and towns. As many as 143 129
infected pigs have been culled.
Deputy head of the Veterinary Department Hoang Van Nam warned that
the epidemic is likely to spread far and wide across the country. He
attributed the quick spread to the inefficiency during the culling of
infected pigs and sterilisation work.
[The epidemic of porcine reproductive & respiratory syndrome (PRRS)
in Viet Nam is increasing and spreading to more regions with the new
outbreak detected in Thai Binh province. The number of infected pigs
in Thanh Hoa province is increasing as well. At present, in Thanh Hoa
province, 143 129 pigs from 357 communes have been infected with PRRS
representing an increase from the previous newswire reporting PRRS in
Viet Nam where there had been over 134 000 pigs from 337 communes and
wards reported (see prior PRO/MBDS posting Porcine reproductive &
respiratory syndrome - Viet Nam (07) 20080416.1368).
Prior outbreaks of PRRS were detected in Thua Thien Hue province and
Lam Dong province (see prior PRO/MBDS postings listed below). To
date, 171 294 pigs have been infected in 470 communes and wards of 7
provinces in Viet Nam -- Ha Tinh, Thanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Nghe An, Lam
Dong, Thua Thien-Hue, and Thai Binh.
For maps of Viet Nam with provinces, see
The HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of Viet Nam can be accessed
at <http://healthmap.org/promed?v=14.9,108.5,5>. This map shows other
outbreaks in Viet Nam and surrounding countries that have been
reported on ProMED-mail. The postings can be directly accessed
through this map. - Mod.YMA]