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200 pigs culled in Chiang Rai, Thailand amid swine fever fears

Christian Fernsby |
More than 200 pigs were culled in Chiang Rai, Thailand this week in the first such action amid heightened fears of a potential outbreak of African swine fever.

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No outbreak of African swine fever among pigs in Thailand has yet been reported, though neighbouring Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia have all confirmed cases of the deadly disease.

The department of livestock said the culling of the pigs was a "preventative action" after two pigs died mysteriously in the northern province of Chiang Rai, about 20km from Myanmar.

"We have killed over 200 pigs on two farms there," Nopporn Mahakanta, chief of the provincial livestock office, told Reuters, adding that the action was in line with protocols to curb outbreaks of animal diseases.

"They were within a 1km radius of the pigs that had fallen ill and died," he said.

Nopporn said blood and tissue samples of the first pigs were sent on Monday to a lab in Lampang to see whether they had contracted African swine fever.

Lab results could take about 14 days, he said.

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