African Swine Fever Strikes Cambodia


Cambodia reported its first outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in backyard pigs near the Vietnam border, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday. Vietnam was struck by ASF in February. 

Nearly 400 pigs were killed by ASF in Soamkanign in the Rattanakiri province during an outbreak that began on March 22, according to the Cambodian agriculture ministry. Another 100 pigs were killed and disposed of, Reuters reported. 

Neighboring Thailand’s concern continues to grow as ASF moves closer. Thailand’s pork industry is worth $3.3 billion a year. 

The ASF virus, which is deadly and highly transmissible among pigs but is harmless to humans, has been spreading rapidly across China, home to the world’s largest hog herd. The OIE said that nearly all of China’s provincial level administrative units have reported one or more ASF breaks.

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