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PM orders ministries and localities to prevent African Swine Fever

September, 11 2018
MPS - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on September 11 signed a Public Document on the implementation of measures to prevent the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus from entering Vietnam.

The document reads:

According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), from the end of 2017 to the September 10, 2018, 17 countries and territories were reported to have African hog cholera (a tuple of infectious hemorrhagic fever and not dangerous to human), with over 500,000 pigs euthanized. According to the OIE and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), from the beginning of August 2018 to September 9, 2018, China reported a total of 14 outbreaks in six provinces, namely Anhui, Heilongjiang, Henan, Liaoning, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, with a total number of more than 38,000 pigs of all kinds disposed of.

Vietnam is at risk of ASF as activities of transportation, trade and consumption of pork products of unknown origin take place popularly in the country, particularly in Northern border provinces. Moreover, as transnational trade of pork products and traveling of people from countries with hog cholera are not effectively controlled, the risk to break out an ASF epidemic in the country is high. 

Against this backdrop, the Prime Minister asked all ministries and branches, Chairpersons of the People’s Committees of centrally-run cities and provinces to instruct people’s committees at lower levels, relevant agencies to prevent the ASF virus from entering Vietnam. In particular, the Ministry of Transport should take the lead in the mission; in doing so, it should coordinate with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Public Security, the Border Guard Command, the Ministry of Finance and provincial / municipal committees to urgently check all land-road, waterway and air traffic means as well as tourists from disease-infected countries to halt carrying  any pork products, including processed ones, to Vietnam.

At the same time, the Ministry of Public Security should direct its functional forces to closely follow the situation, update the list of persons suspected of illegally trading, transporting and consuming animals and animal products, particularly pork; take preventive and deterring measures to actively control the situation, while applying professional tactics and coordinating closely with other forces to arrest and strictly punish the offenders according to the laws.

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