Samdech Hun Sen Orders Authorities to Inspect the Sites Hit by African Swine Fever

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, on Friday, instructed relevant officials and authorities to inspect the sites hit by African Swine Fever, speaking in a cabinet meeting on Friday, according to government spokesman Phay Siphan.

The fever, so far, has hit pigs in five provinces, including Rattanakiri, Tbong Khmum, Svay Rieng, Kandal and Takeo – most are eastern parts of Cambodia bordering Vietnam.

Nearly 800 pigs have been destroyed in the attempt to stop the spread, and that more than 1,000 died of the disease, according to Tan Phannara, the director of the General Department of Animal Health and Production.

Ministry of Agriculture, on late Tuesday, 4 July, announced to temporarily halt the rearing of pigs, buy-sell, and transports of pigs and pork.

Health ministry spokesman Ly Sovann said African swine fever has not yet been known to infect humans.

According to statistics, Cambodia consumes 4,000-5,000 pigs per day. Among those, 1,000-2,000 is imported.