ASF outbreaks prompt Thailand to ban pig imports from Myanmar

Pig imports from Myanmar to Thailand will be banned for 90 days after the neighbouring country confirmed its first case of the African swine fever this week.

Reuters reported that the ban, which is expected to start next week, will cover live pigs and wild boars as well as carcasses from Myanmar, to prevent the disease from spreading into Thailand.

It followed a similar ban Thailand issued for pig imports from Laos in June.

ASF has not yet been found in Thailand, said Sorawit Thanito, director-general of the Livestock Development Department.

“There is no outbreak of the African swine fever in Thailand,” he told Reuters.

Earlier today, China also banned the import of pigs, wild boars and related products from Myanmar over concerns about African swine fever.

China has been battling the disease since the middle of last year. African swine fever has spread to all of China’s provinces and regions, as well as Hong Kong and Hainan island, since it was first detected there last August.

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