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3/13/2019 8:32:14 AM

FAO, OIE support Vietnam in tackling African swine fever outbreaks

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have voiced their committment to assisting Vietnam deal with the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).

Spraying anti-septic liquid to prevent ASF. Photo: Ngoc Truong

The Voice of Vietnam (VOV) cited a statement made by Pawin Padungtod, Senior Technical Coordinator of the FAO Emergency Center for Trans-boundary Animal Diseases, that the organization will provide technical assistance and work with agencies under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. 

Apart from the results available already mentioned, if you also have available online resources which can be used as reference including guidelines for African swine fever diagnosis, guidelines for carcass disposal and situation there as well. I do believe that if we work together we can win this fight against ASF and keep the disease under control in Vietnam in the near future," the expert said.  

Laure Weber-Vintzel, OIE Deputy Sub-Regional Representative, said the OIE has collected information and shared it among its members to help them respond to African swine fever outbreaks. The OIE is willing to provide Vietnam technical support to fight the disease, she said.

In an interview with VOV, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, said:

"The FAO has proposed sending consultants to advise Vietnam on effectively dealing with African swine flu. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has instructed the Department of Animal Health and other agencies to cooperate with the consultants."  
 
FAO is building an emergency aid project for Vietnam, estimated to be worth about 500,000 USD. 
 
According to the Vietnam News, at least 13 provinces across the country have detected African swine fever infections, with the number of culled pigs amounting to 12,000. 
 
The virus does not affect humans but does cause haemorrhagic fever in pigs and wild boars that is almost always fatal. There is no antidote or vaccine, and the only known preventative measure is a mass cull of infected livestock. The disease spreads by contact between infected pigs or other wild animals and can inflict massive economic damage on farms./.
  ( VNF )
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