Cambodia Reports Two More Cases of African Swine Fever

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Cambodia has discovered two more cases of African swine fever (ASF) in two provinces, bringing the total cases to four, the country’s Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said on Monday.

One case was detected on a pig farm in Russey Chuo Khang Tboung village in Svay Chrum district in southeastern Svay Rieng province, and another case was discovered in Ampil village in Angkor Borey district in southern Takeo province, Sakhon said in a statement. The number of hogs killed by ASF in the two outbreak areas was not discolosed, Xinhua reported.

To date, ASF has struck in four provinces, including Rattanakiri, Tbong Khmum, Svay Rieng and Takeo – all of which are eastern parts of Cambodia bordering Vietnam.

“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.

Animal health officials have placed the outbreak zones under surveillance and will closely monitor the virus within a 10-km radius of the affected zones.

Cambodia reported the first outbreak of the virus in late March in backyard pigs in northeastern Rattanakiri province, and the second case last week in southeastern Tboung Khmum province.

ASF is a highly transmissible, deadly virus that affects both wild and domestic pigs. It does not affect humans and poses no food safety risk.

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