On Aug. 14, Myanmar reported an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), according to the Council of Agriculture (COA).
Following China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, North Korea and Laos, Myanmar is now the 7th country in Asia that has reported ASF outbreak.
According to the OIE, ASF was found in a hoggery located in Shan State, eastern Myanmar. Fifteen pigs were infected with ASF virus, 12 had died, and the other 53 pigs that share the same hut were culled. The hoggery is located near the border between Myanmar and China’s Yunnan Province, but also adjacent to Laos. Possible causes of the outbreak include importing live hogs, illegal smuggling of hogs, and the use of food scraps as animal feeds.
Due to Myanmar’s proximity to China and easy traveling between Taiwan and Myanmar with direct flights, the government had already categorized Myanmar as a high-risk area for ASF on earlier this year in February. This means that the luggage of visitors arriving from Myanmar would all be subjected to X-ray scan.
Due to widespread AFS in the region, the emergency center reminds hoggeries in Taiwan to stay alert and increase preventive measures. People entering Taiwan are warned against bringing any pork products into the country. First-time violators will face a fine of NT$200,000, while repeated violation will be penalized with a fine of NT$1 million.