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A farm in Kampung Baru Tanah Merah, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, is cordoned off following the detection of the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus by the Negeri Sembilan Veterinary Services Department, on April 9, 2022. — Picture by BERNAMA

Over 3,000 African Swine Fever infections detected in Perak

IPOH, April 13 — More than 3,000 pigs from three commercial farms in two districts in Perak were detected to have contracted the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus.

Perak Plantation, Agriculture and Food Industry Committee chairman Razman Zakaria said the disease was detected in a commercial pig farm in Hilir Perak on March 27 and two more commercial farms in Batang Padang on April 4 through the Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests at the Veterinary Research Institute’s laboratory here.

“A quarantine notice under Section 18(3) of the Animals Act 1953 (Revised 2006) (Act 647) has been issued to the owners of the affected pig farms, they are not allowed to move the pigs and carcasses in and out of the infected areas.

“A total of six pig farms within a five-km radius from the farms that were confirmed positive were also quarantined for further inspections and sampling,” he told a press conference here today.

He said all affected pigs were immediately disposed of under Section 19 of the Animals Act 1953 (Revised 2006) to control the spread and to date, 990 pigs had been culled.

Razman added that monitoring, examinations, and samplings of all pig farms in the two districts are being carried out to control the spread of the virus.

“Commercial pig farmers are advised to enhance strict biosecurity controls in their respective farms to curb the spread of ASF,” he said.

Pig farmers and the public are required to report all wild boar, pig, or commercially-reared pig deaths to the nearby district Veterinary Services Office or Perak Veterinary Services Office at 05-545 9111.

Meanwhile, Perak Veterinary Services Department director Dr Ahmad Shafri Hassan said the ASF infection would not affect the supply of pork in the state as it only involved a small percentage of the total of 555,705 pigs in farms in several districts.

— Bernama

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