African swine fever spreading throughout Vietnam
An outbreak of African swine fever is spreading widely across Vietnam, impacting the local farming industry.
Outbreaks are forcing the culling of three times the number of hogs culled last year, reported Reuters.
"The outbreak is evolving in a complicated manner," the government said in a statement. "It is threatening to spread on a large scale."
The outbreak spread to 2,275 areas in 57 out of the country's 63 cities and provinces this year, the government said. The authorities have culled 230,000 hogs so far this year.
Vietnam reported its first African swine fever cases among its hog herd in February 2019. The disease forced the culling of around 20% of its hog herd and doubled domestic price of pork as of early last year.
The outbreak subsided during the rest of last year and early this year, allowing the country to rebuild its hog herd.