Vietnam culls 1.2 million pigs as African swine fever spreads nationwide

14-May-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Vietnam has culled more than 1.2 million farmed pigs infected with African swine fever, the government said on Monday, as the virus continues to spread rapidly in the Southeast Asian country.

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.

The virus was first detected in Vietnam in February and has spread to 29 provinces, including Dong Nai, which supplies around 40 percent of the pork consumed in HCM City, Vietnam’s southern economic hub.

“The risk of the virus spreading further is very high and the evolution of the outbreak is complicated,” the government said in a statement.

Pig trotters hang from hooks as a butcher prepares pork meat at a market in Hong Kong on May 11, 2019. - Hong Kong will cull 6,000 pigs after African swine fever was detected in an animal at a slaughterhouse close to the border with China, the first case of the disease in the densely populated financial hub. (AFP)

Pig trotters hang from hooks as a butcher prepares pork meat at a market in Hong Kong on May 11, 2019. – Hong Kong will cull 6,000 pigs after African swine fever was detected in an animal at a slaughterhouse close to the border with China, the first case of the disease in the densely populated financial hub. (AFP)

It said many provinces had failed to detect outbreaks and cull infected pigs properly due to a lack of funds and the space needed for burying the dead pigs.

The disease, which is harmless to humans but incurable in pigs, has also spread quickly across neighbouring China.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in March advised Vietnam to declare the swine fever outbreak as a national emergency.

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