Nearly 10% of Vietnam’s pig herd has been culled in an effort to slow the spread of African swine fever (ASF) that's beginning to hit the country’s large commercial swine farms.
Initial ASF outbreaks took place at mostly small household farms, but are now showing up in larger commercial herds, including Phu Son Farm in Dong Nai province near Ho Chi Minh City, Reuters reported.
"This is a very worrying sign as these farms have tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of pigs each and therefore the damages would be significant," the government said in a statement.
Authorities culled hundreds of pigs at Phu Son Farm, home to more than 18,000 pigs, said Bach Duc Luu, the deputy head of Vietnam's Department of Animal Health.
Phu Son Farm, founded in 1976, is one of the oldest of its kind in Vietnam, and supplies pork mostly to Dong Nai province and neighboring Ho Chi Minh City, Reuters said.
Luu is concerned that the heavy rainfall taking place in southern Vietnam could spread the virus further.
The deadly virus of pigs, which cannot affect human health or the food supply, was first detected in Vietnam in February.
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