Cambodia is now reporting its first case of African swine fever in a province near the Vietnam border, according to the latest report from the World Organisation for Animal Health. The virus was detected in backyard pigs by National Animal Health and Production Research Institute in Phnom Penh.
According to Sen Sovann with Cambodia's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, 400 pigs died from ASF in the Rattanakiri province in an outbreak that began on March 22. Another 100 pigs were killed and disposed of.
Since the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed ASF in Vietnam on Feb. 19, a total of 556 outbreaks have been reported in 23 out of 58 provinces, and more than 89,600 pigs have been culled. In response to these outbreaks, Vietnam has issued strict movement controls and depopulation measures in accordance with the emergency response action plan.
There has been growing concern over the spread of ASF to bordering regions, particularly Cambodia. Before the outbreak, authorities in Cambodia were calling for officials to remain on high alert. According to Swine Health Information Center, other countries such as Japan and Thailand have strengthened their port of entry (airports, harbors, etc.) procedures to keep the disease out.