Myanmar: First case of African Swine Fever found, working on preventative measures

An official announcement came out on Wednesday 14th August that Myanmar’s first case of African swine fever has been detected. Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) confirmed the case after a laboratory result of the sample tissue of suspicious dead pigs found in Shan State, northern part of the country.

Myanmar Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) is actively working with local organizations in order to conduct preventative, control and reporting measures as per the procedures of World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Instructions from LBVD to local pig breeders and pig farmers include to pay special attention to carry out biosafety of their farms, to do regular systematic chemical spraying in pig farms and slaughter houses, to inform and collaborate with the nearest administration offices in case of any unexpected deaths of wild or domestic pigs.

The virus is a highly infectious disease which has been widely spread in China since last year. Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are among those countries in the region also reported the outbreak of the virus. For more information, see the news links and Myanmar report to OIE.