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Localities Strengthen Animal Disease Prevention in Coming Months | Company

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Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Le Minh Hoan called on provincial and municipal people’s committees to strengthen the animal disease preventions in the coming months.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the risk of animal diseases in the last months of 2022 and the beginning of 2023 is very high.

Since the beginning of 2022, animal diseases have been brought under control, creating favorable conditions for the development of animal husbandry, ensuring food supply for domestic consumption and stimulating the export of animals and animal products.

However, according to local reports, several dangerous animal diseases were on the rise.

That of the ministry Department of Animal Health reported 40 outbreaks of avian influenza A/H5N1, A/H5N6 and A/H5N8 in 21 provinces and cities. More than 93,000 poultry were slaughtered.

More than 1,150 homes of African swine fever were discovered in 51 provinces and cities, and 53,000 pigs were destroyed.

Up to 240 outbreaks of dermatomyositis in buffaloes and cows have been discovered in 16 provinces. So far, 2,255 buffaloes and cows have been infected and 442 slaughtered.

There were also six outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in seven provinces, with 518 infected cattle and 135 outbreaks of animal rabies, causing 52 rabies-related human deaths.

Ministry experts have assessed that the above pathogens are still circulating at a relatively high rate in many localities; at the same time, the demand for transporting, slaughtering and consuming animals and animal products increased sharply at the end of 2022.

Climate change has also created good conditions for the spread of pathogens.

In some localities, the implementation of animal disease prevention could have been better, and vaccination against diseases was at a low rate.

Localities should proactively monitor animal diseases for early detection and comprehensive management when new outbreaks are detected.

Authorities must strictly deal with those who attempt to conceal disease, including those who transport animals suspected of being infected and illegally dispose of dead animals.

Veterinary services must also strengthen the management and control of animal slaughter.

The Animal Health Department has been tasked with setting up teams of experts to; monitor outbreaks after vaccination; the application of information technology and digital transformation in the prevention and control of animal diseases and guide companies to organize the research, production and supply of vaccines against animal diseases./.