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No sign of African swine fever, but pig farmers told to be careful

By The Nation

 

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Dr Asadang Ruayajin

 

Dr Asadang Ruayajin, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control (DDC), said African swine fever (ASF) only affects pigs and boars and that there are no reports of the disease being transferred to other animals or humans, so far. However, he warned that humans can be carriers of the disease via infected clothes, vehicles, tools and appliances.

 

 

“In 2018 and 2019, ASF was found in 27 countries, 12 of which were European, five African and 10 Asian, but there is still no sign of the disease in Thailand,” he said.

 

DDC has been coordinating with the Department of Health Service Support to disseminate information on disease prevention and monitoring via the Village Health Volunteers (VHV) network.

 

Asadang added that he wanted to warn people that consuming cooked meat from infected pigs will make them carriers of the virus, which can be spread to others.

 

“You must protect yourself by wearing a mask, gloves, safety glasses and protective clothing when you touch or cull infected pigs. Wash your hands and bathe after touching them and have your clothes washed,” he said. “Also, make sure you only eat cooked pork that is hot and clean because it may be infected by bacteria that may cause sudden hearing loss, foodborne illnesses and diarrhoea.

 

“If you find your pigs are sick or dead, inform livestock officers, health volunteers or the village headman immediately or call the Department of Livestock Department hotline (063) 225 6888 or via the department’s mobile app,” he said.

 

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200 pigs culled in Thailand's north in face of African Swine Fever scare 

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-18 21:06:37|Editor: Shi Yinglun
 
 
 

BANGKOK, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Thai Livestock Department told the media here late on Wednesday that 200 pigs had been culled in the country's northern province of Chiang Rai.

The department said the culling of the pigs was a preventative measure after two pigs died mysteriously in a district of Chiang Rai, only 20 km from Myanmar.

Nopporn Mahakanta, chief of the provincial livestock office, said that the cull pf the 200 pigs was in line with protocols to curb outbreaks of the African Swine Fever (ASF).

"They were within a one kilometer radius of the pigs that had fallen ill and died," Nopporn said.

Nopporn said there are no reports yet of the outbreak of ASF in Thailand. He, however, said neighbouring Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia have all confirmed cases of the deadly disease.

Thailand has been on high alert since neighbouring countries reported outbreaks and has banned imports of pig and pork products from Laos and Myanmar. 

 

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2 hours ago, rooster59 said:

but there is still no sign of the disease in Thailand,

Uh huh

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Prominent signs at swampy about pork/bacon etc. Definite no no to import.

Not so sure though that the surrounding countries can report the virus yet Thailand, mysteriously, is free from the same disease.

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22 hours ago, rooster59 said:

No sign of African swine fever, but pig farmers told to be careful

I doubt very much if anyone's looking too hard !

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Denial wont work against it. It is now in 3/4 bordering country. 

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2 hours ago, hotchilli said:

I doubt very much if anyone's looking too hard !

even if they find it, no worry... sell it, no one will know, can not lose money.  

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Seem to remember a few years back there wasn't any bird flu in Thailand either - it was just a coincidence that poultry was falling over dead and birds dropping from the sky - but no sign of bird flu. 

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Apparently the virus is in the Mekong river water ……. coming down from Myanmar (and probably other countries in the catchment of the river) Any pig farms on the river banks in Thailand?

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