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
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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.