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Pet pig’s death prompts African swine fever probe in Thailand

Thailand’s livestock authorities vowed to research the demise of a pet pig after a college lab check indicated it died from African swine fever, the primary such report within the nation.

Thailand has for years insisted its pig herds remained unaffected by African swine fever, which over current years has swept by way of Europe and Asia and killed a whole bunch of tens of millions of pigs, significantly in China, at the same time as its Southeast Asian neighbours reported outbreaks.

A miniature pet pig in Bangkok was discovered to have died from the illness after it was introduced in by its proprietor for a lab check that was carried out in early December at Kasetsart College, stated Nattavut Ratanavanichrojn, affiliate dean on the college’s School of Veterinary Medication in Nakhon Pathom province, west of Bangkok.

“African swine fever has been present in Thailand, as a result of we discovered it,” Nattavut instructed Reuters late on Friday, including that the college had despatched the pig’s post-mortem end result to Thailand’s Division of Livestock Growth final month. He added that the proprietor had two different miniature pigs in the identical family that additionally died later.

The college’s discovery follows rising hypothesis that an African swine fever outbreak is already decimating Thai pig herds, with pig costs surging due to decrease pig provide this yr. Thai authorities have repeatedly denied an African swine fever outbreak and beforehand attributed most farm pig deaths to a different viral illness known as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).

Chaiwat Yothakol, deputy director-general of the Division of Livestock Growth, stated late on Friday that “the division will examine whether or not the pig was actually contaminated with the illness.”

“As of now now we have not discovered the illness right here,” he stated.

African swine fever is innocent to people however deadly to pigs, and there’s no vaccine to protect towards the virus. Thailand suspended exports of stay pigs beginning on Thursday till April 5 to shore up home provides. Authorities estimated Thailand could have simply 13 million pigs this yr, fewer than the 19 million it normally produces.

Farmgate pig costs in Thailand have been quoted at round 105 baht ($3.12) per kg final week, 30% increased than costs from the identical interval a yr in the past, knowledge from the Swine Raisers Affiliation of Thailand confirmed. Costs of pork in Bangkok have been seen this week at round 182.50 baht per kg, almost 29% increased than in January 2021, in keeping with Thai commerce ministry knowledge.

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