April 27, 2021

Eight districts in Sabah, Malaysia, hit by ASF



African swine fever (ASF) has hit eight districts in Sabah, Malaysia, said the country's Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan.


The districts affected are Pitas, Beluran, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kota Marudu, Sandakan, Telupid and Tongod.


Dr. Kitingan, who is also Sabah's Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, said ASF was also detected in the Tawau and Nabawan districts.


As of April 18, a total of 398 pigs had been culled, while another 535 died due to ASF, Dr. Kitingan added.


"The department has conducted 234 awareness campaign programmes in 14 districts, not only to educate the public about the disease, but also to highlight the government's efforts to prevent it from spreading to other districts.


"Despite Sandakan having been declared ASF outbreak, the disease has not spread to the district's main pork production farms."


Dr. Kitingan said the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) has implemented new regulations to protect commercial pigs, including requiring special permits issued by the department to be obtained to move pigs and pork products from one area to another.


"Outlets selling pork infected with ASF virus will be closed for one day for decontamination, and pork products can only be sold after they are screened and found free of the ASF virus...pig farms suspected of being the source of the infected pork will be placed under quarantine for up to seven days to assist investigation," Dr. Kitingan said.


- Bernama