Laos Confirms African Swine Fever

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Laos has reported its first cases of African swine fever (ASF), confirming outbreaks in the southern province of Saravane, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday.

The southeast Asian country, situated between Thailand and Vietnam, reported seven outbreaks of the deadly virus of pigs in villages in Saravane, which led to the deaths of 973 animals, Reuters reported.

ASF has spread rapidly across China since last August and was discovered in Vietnam in February. This disease does not have a vaccine which makes it a serious threat to the global swine industry. However, it is not harmful to humans and does not impact food safety. To follow the spread of ASF, go to porkbusiness.com/ASF.

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