‘Blue ear disease’ spreads in Vietnam

With the Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) also known as ‘blue ear disease’ recording an upward trend, more and more people are contracting a bacterium virus called ‘Streptococcus Suis’ from pigs in northern Vietnam

The Central Tropical Disease Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City admitted more than 20 people infected with the above bacterium last week.

Patients suffering from meningitis and septicemia were rushed to the hospital in a critical condition.

Most patients contracted the bacterium after eating undercooked infected pork, blood paste, or came into direct contact with secretion from diseased pigs via open wounds or airborne tracts. The people have been warned against slaughtering and eating diseased pigs.

The blue ear disease has been detected in the northern provinces of Lang Son, Dien Bien, Bac Ninh, Quang Ninh, Lai Chau and Hoa Binh.