Vietnamese authorities conducted drills against ASF spreading
The ASF outbreaks in China have set alarm in Vietnam as one of the latest cases of the virus was reported at 150 km away from the border, in the Chinese province of Yunnan. Last week, Vietnamese authorities conducted drills to prevent the spread of ASF should an outbreak take place, according to Reuters.
“The fever is only 150 kilometers away from our border, so it’s necessary to understand the risk and danger...if it reaches our 27 million pigs,” said Tong Xuan Chinh, vice head of the agriculture ministry’s livestock department.
75% of Vietnam's pig production is delivered in the domestic market, according to official data and the risk of ASF virus entering the country is huge. "If this fever infects our pigs, it will be a major hit to the economy, society, environment, and food security", added Chinh.
Vietnam has increased the controls on pig transportation on the Chinese border and banned pork products from other infected countries such as Poland and Hungary. In the last few months, Vietnam authorities have destroyed 324 pigs and nearly 17 tonnes of pork products that have been smuggled or which do not have clear origins.
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