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Animal diseases on rise in Vietnam

HANOI, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- Animal diseases have been rising in Vietnam with over 93,000 poultry and 53,000 pigs being culled so far this year due to avian influenza and African swine fever respectively, local media reported on Thursday.

A total of 40 outbreaks of avian influenza A/H5N1, A/H5N6 and A/H5N8 have been recorded in 21 provinces and cities in the period, local newspaper Vietnam News reported.

More than 1,150 outbreaks of African swine fever were reported across 51 provinces and cities, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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

The risk of animal diseases in the remaining months of 2022 and early 2023 is very high, said the ministry, noting that the weather changes and low vaccination against the diseases were among the factors contributing to the diseases' spread.

The agriculture ministry has called on provincial and municipal governments to strengthen the prevention of animal diseases in the coming months.