Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon yesterday said his ministry uncovered cases of African Swine Fever in two villages near the Vietnam border in Tboung Khmum province.
Mr Sakhon said the discovery prompted the General Department of Animal Health and Food Production to take “urgent action” in the villages of Kampong Serey and Soy in O’Reang-O district’s Mien commune.
He noted that he told ministry officials to identify infected pigs, suspend pork trade, and prevent the transport of pigs within a three kilometre radius around the affected areas.
“These areas must be inspected and monitored,” Mr Sakhon said.
He said the General Department of Animal Health and Production will take an even greater initiative to monitor the transportation of pigs within a 10 kilometre radius of the two villages.
“The raising, selling, and buying of pigs, and the production of pork products must be temporarily suspended,” Mr Sakhon said.
According to the ministry, despite the presence of ASF in Tboung Khmum province, the disease cannot be transmitted to humans.
It noted that the ministry is more concerned about the economical repercussions.
Tboung Khmum is the second province in the Kingdom where ASF-infected pigs were discovered.
In April, the Agriculture Ministry said hundreds of ASF-ridden pigs in Ratanakkiri province’s O’Yadav and O’Chum districts were recorded.
It prompted agriculture officials in provinces bordering with Vietnam to increase the prevention of pork product imports. They have also been spraying disinfectants in pig farms in fear of a spread of ASF.
Tan Phannara, director the General Department of Animal Health and Production, previously said that due to the spread of the disease, a ministry team is monitoring the Cambodia-Vietnam border to see how infected pigs get into the Kingdom.
Mr Phannara noted that preliminary results of the monitoring process showed that the infection could have come from pork products being sold on motorbikes along the border with Vietnam.