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This picture has been shot 3 years ago but the activity on smuggling of pork and live pigs from the northern provinces into Danang city and Quang Nam province is just the same. Here you can see the merchants use the spaying faucets to refresh their pigs prior to arrival to Danang just 40 km away. While government declared more measures or rules to crack down the sale of contaminated meat from infected pigs, police and veterinary are enabling the market of such illegal sources to grow.

This is the fourth day of the set of postings regarding the current epidemic that had spread to the major pig farming area in many provinces of Vietnam.

On July 20, local government officially declared the “blue ear” pandemic in the area. They described Quang Nam province has been worst hit by the porcine blue ear disease and its Cua Dai seaport was full of rotten carcasses of infected pigs. They set up many checkpoints to prevent smuggling of pork and live pigs into their territory. These checkpoints are under a 24/7 mandatory taskforce combined of police and veterinary. In fact, reporters of Vietnamnet has arrived one of the site for verification and they found the Hoa Phuoc checkpoint didn’t implement the order. At 11:00 AM, they witnessed a deserted station while traffic is heavy. Not only after the journalists knocked on the door, a staff woke up from his nap and explained the situation was nothing special. This man said trucks with pigs only pass by in the morning and evening so he could rest by mid-day. To prove his observation, he woke up his boss — Tran Dang Vuong — from nap also. They admitted that if the trucks fully covered, they must give up since they only have the authority to check the vehicles that pulled over. For the moving traffic, it is the police to stop them, but the policeman has left to run some errands. (Source)

* For additional “eye-witness” reports in Vietnamese, please use this link.
* For info about the disease in English, please refer to part one and part two of an article by Bruce Lawhorn.


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