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Long An and Quang Nam provinces announced on March 20 that blue ear pig disease has been contained in their localities.

The LongLong An, Quang Nam declare blue ear pig disease free An provincial administration removed bans on transporting, trading and slaughtering pigs in Chau Thanh and Tan Tru districts where the disease broke out in late February 2013.

Local veterinarians had quarantined the affected areas, culled 83 infected pigs and disinfected farms. The province distributed 65,000 doses of vaccine and 8,000 litres of disinfectants to pig farmers.

However, local authorities were asked to reinforce preventive measures to keep the disease in check.

The same day, Quang Nam annulled its similar bans in all 18 districts and towns in the province.

More than a month ago the disease has spread to nearly 40 communes of six districts with more than 4,000 pigs infected, over 1,200 of which were culled.

Le Muon, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, warned that the epidemic could recur at any time though it is showing signs of waning.


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