Agriculture department officials in Ratanakkiri province today said more than 700 pigs in O’Chum district had died or were culled due to an outbreak of African Swine Fever.
The disease, which first struck hundreds of pigs in the province’s O’Yadav district in late March, spread to O’Chum district during the Khmer New Year period.
Soy Sona, provincial agriculture department director, today said that authorities found that some pigs among more than 700 of the animals in O’Chum district had died from ASF, requiring all the others to be culled to prevent the disease from spreading.
“Our officials are monitoring the situation because there are no visible symptom of ASF and the disease can only be detected if sickened animals die,” he said.
Mr Sona noted that despite a ban on the movement of pigs or pork in the province, some people are still transporting pork or pork products to sell in other villages, some of which is used for feeding pigs.
“Because of the extremely hot weather, the pigs find it difficult to forage for food in the area, leading villagers to buy pork products to feed their animals,” he said. “We suspect that the animals fell sick after eating pork derived from infected animals.”
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