BEIJING -- China's Ministry
of Agriculture on Thursday issued a notice to call for intensified prevention
and control of blue-ear pig disease as the country is entering the peak season
for the disease.
The highly pathogenic blue-ear disease, also known as Porcine Reproductive
and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), has already killed 18,000 pigs this year.
The notice said local governments should improve the emergency plans for the
disease outbreak and section off and cease pork trading in affected areas at the
time of an outbreak.
New vaccines for the disease, produced under the supervision of China's
Veterinary Medicine Supervisory Institution, have been put into use, said the
Local governments should establish immunity records for pigs, it said.
The notice also said local authorities should increase studies on the cause
of the disease and strengthen inspections and quarantine of pig delivery.
Pig breeders have been ordered not to kill, eat, sale and deliver pigs that
have died from the disease and treat the dead animals and their excrement
properly, according to the notice.
The notice also said stricter disinfection measures should be taken in small
Between January and May, 45,000 pigs contracted the disease, but a ministry
source failed to specify what provinces and regions had reported outbreaks.
Earlier reports said south China's Guangdong Province and Guangxi Zhuang
Autonomous Region had reported outbreaks.
The ministry has dispatched inspection teams to supervise disease control and
The outbreaks have contributed to rising pork prices in some areas. It is
believed the price hikes will help raise the country's consumer price index, or
CPI, to a new high for May.