Cambodia reports 2nd case of African swine fever in SE province

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-04 18:19:42|Editor: Xiaoxia
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PHNOM PENH, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia found the second case of African swine fever in backyard pigs in southeastern Tboung Khmum province that borders Vietnam, local media Khmer Times reported on Thursday.

Cambodian Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said the African swine fever virus was detected in backyard pigs in Kampong Serey village and Soy village in O'Raing Ov district, according to the report.

The minister did not say how many pigs died of the disease, but ordered the animal health officials to cull all pigs in the outbreak zones.

"Buying, selling and transporting live pigs, pig meats and pork-made products within a 3-km radius of the outbreak areas must be suspended," Sakhon said in a statement released on Tuesday.

He ordered the authorities to place the outbreak zones under surveillance and to closely monitor the virus within a 10-km radius of the affected zones.

According to the minister, the African swine fever does not harm humans, but kills pigs and there is no vaccine or cure.

It was the second outbreak after the first one was reported in late March in backyard pigs in Soamkanign village in northeastern Rattanakiri province's Oyadav district, which also shares border with Vietnam.

At that time, hundreds of hogs were killed.