Myanmar bans pigs from Yangon as infection spreads

June 7th, 2011 - 11:19 am ICT by IANS  

Nay Pyi Taw, June 7 (IANS) Authorities in Myanmar are making an endeavour to prevent a pigs related blue ear disease from spreading to various regions of the country.

For this, the authorities have banned pigs bred in Bago region from entering Yangon region for sale as part of its preventive measures, Xinhua reported.

Blue ear disease, known as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) disease, has been infecting pigs from Paungde township and spreading the disease to other areas in Bago region, the Weekly Eleven said Monday.

Bago is located in the southern central part of the country while Yangoon lies in the heart of lower Myanmar. Both are administrative regions of the country.

Bago stands at third place in the blue ear disease incidence after the second largest city of Mandalay in March and the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw in April.

Everyday about 10 or 15 pigs die of the blue ear disease in some pigsties in Bago.

Blue ear disease was first reported in Mandalay in early March when over 500 heads of pig died. These pigs were among the 2,000 bred in 200 poultry farms in five townships in Mandalay region, the authorities said.

So far, the disease, detected from the dead pigs, has not spread to other animals or human but has been found to infect other pigs, reports said.

There are a total of 9.3 million pigs in the country.

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