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ASF detected in Vietnam for the first time
China has reported more than 100 ASF cases in 27 provinces since last August, with nearly one million pigs culled.
Three outbreaks reported in northern provinces 

Vietnam has become the latest country to be hit with African swine fever, after three outbreaks were reported in the northern part of the country.

Over 250 pigs have so far died or been culled in the Hung Yen and Thai Binh provinces, both of which are in the Red River Delta region, approximately 100 miles from the Chinese border.

Control measures are in place, including disinfection, quarantine, surveillance and movement controls inside the country.

ASF has also recently been confirmed for the first time in the Chinese province of Guangxi, which borders Vietnam. The virus has also hit Shandong province.

According to the UK’s National Pig Association, China has reported more than 100 ASF cases in 27 provinces since last August, with nearly one million pigs culled. The virus has also been reported in neighbouring Mongolia, as well as being detected in pork products in Taiwan.

All positive samples tested by the Taiwanese government came from China, except the most recent case, which was confiscated from a passenger entering the country on a flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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Huge spike in ‘designer’ dogs going into rescue

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 The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."


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AHDB Pork calls for stepped-up biosecurity

Pig farmers are being urged to step up biosecurity to reduce the risk of swine dysentery in their herds.

According to Farmers Weekly, AHDB Pork have confirmed cases in the north and east of the UK and is calling on producers to focus on hygiene to protect their animals.

Members of the AHDB Pork Significant diseases charter are reported to have been informed of the outbreaks.