New Foot-and-Mouth Virus Verified in Nghe An

VIET NAM - The foot-and-mouth epidemic in cattle is spreading in four provinces of Vietnam. Notably, virus type A has appeared in the central province of Nghe An, announced the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bui Ba Bong, on Tuesday.
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Speaking at a meeting of the National Steering Board for Bird Flu Control, Bong said the type A virus in Nghe An can spread widely and infected cattle must be culled.

The testing conducted by the Central Veterinary Diagnosis Centre unveiled that samples taken from Vinh City, Nghi Loc District and Quy Hop District in Nghe An Province were positive to the type A virus. Nghe An authorities culled all 96 sick cows and buffaloes in these locations.

According to a report of the Veterinary Agency, there are four provinces that have the foot-and-mouth epidemic, including Nghe An and Ha Tinh in the central region and Yen Bai and Thai Binh in the north.

Approximately 100,000 doses of vaccine were provided to Nghe An already.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development instructed the Veterinary Agency to continue close supervision of foot-and-mouth disease prevention in the provinces and conduct research programs in the central region to define why the epidemic has been there for such a long time.

From now until the lunar New Year, the four above provinces are requested to set up quarantine stations to control the transport of cattle from the North to the South on National Highway 1.

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