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Ministry calls on public participation in ASF prevention

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The Agriculture Minister has called on the public, most importantly farmers, to provide information on cases of African Swine Fever to prevent the virus from spreading any further while pigs continue to die in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district.

According to an announcement by the ministry issued on Friday, Cambodia continues to suffer from ASF, especially in provinces bordering Vietnam.

The ministry has asked the public, specifically farmers, to provide any information on cases related to ASF.

“The public, all citizens and farmers, please participate in providing information and reporting relevant information,” the ministry said.

Since early April, ASF has spread to five provinces, including Ratanakiri, Tboung Khmum, Takeo, Kandal and Svay Rieng. Approximately 3,000 pigs have died or been culled due to the virus.

Tan Phannara, General Animal Health and Production Department director, yesterday said that ASF has been contained within the five affected provinces.

“The African Swine Fever situation has not spread to other areas, and only pigs in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district continue to die due to the disease, and not in other provinces,” Mr Phannara said.

He also appealed to the public, especially farmers, to report any suspected cases of ASF to the ministry so officials can address the situation.

On Friday, Mr Phannara also held a meeting with authorities of Sa’ang district to discuss strengthening preventative measures against the spread of ASF.

Un Dorin, head of the animal health office in Kandal province, yesterday said that between 10 to 20 pigs have died per day in Sa’ang district, as there is no medicine to treat the virus.

“The disease cannot be cured, so the pigs will die,” he said. “But we are preventing it from spreading to other areas or provinces as we spray disinfectant, disseminate information to people and prevent the transportation of pigs in and out of outbreak areas.”

Mr Dorin said officers are currently documenting the current number of pigs in Sa’ang district, noting that by the middle of July, more than 1,200 of the 1,686 pigs in the district died or were culled due to ASF.

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