The northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh was the first locality nationwide to announce the eradication of ASF on April 9. Meanwhile, 22 others cities and provinces are still affected by the virus.
MARD Deputy Minister Phung Duc Tien said a locality is considered rid of the disease if there have been no new outbreaks within 30 days since the last infected pig was culled.
The northern mountainous province of Bac Kan is expected to become the next locality free from the disease, if it continues to register no new outbreak by April 11.
The disease has been promptly controlled thanks to the timely response of the Government; Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; the MARD; and other relevant ministries, agencies, and localities, Tien said.
Since ASF was first recorded in Vietnam on February 1, 2019, the country has culled more than 85,000 pigs, according to the official.
ASF is a fatal animal disease affecting pigs and wild boars with up to 100 percent mortality, and subsequently damaging trade and causing global economic losses. The ASF virus does not affect humans. The only known preventative measure is a mass cull of infected livestock. The disease spreads by contact between infected pigs or other wild animals and can inflict massive economic damage on farms.