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Phuket livestock chief plays down African swine fever situation

Phuket livestock chief plays down African swine fever situation

PHUKET: The Chief of the Phuket Provincial Office of the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) has confirmed that there is no outbreak of African Swine Fever in Phuket and that there is nothing to worry about at present.

By Waranya Prompinpiras

Thursday 30 May 2019, 02:29PM

DLD Chief Manas Thepparuk told The Phuket News today (May 30), “The current situation regarding the virus is not a cause for concern. The DLD has not been notified of an outbreak in Phuket or in Thailand.

“DLD in Phuket has preventive measures in place for African swine fever. On April 2, we had a meeting with relevant business owners such as pig farm owners, importers of pork, and freezing room operators to provide knowledge about the virus.

“We are actively monitoring the situation to prevent an outbreak. The Phuket Animal Detention Office together with Phuket International Airport perform strict inspections of passengers who travel in from abroad to stop illegal imports of pork.

“Throughout Thailand, there are also strict inspections at the borders and quarantine checkpoints. In late June, I will be carrying out random inspections at Phuket International Airport myself.

“I believe the measures we have in place will surely prevent an outbreak in Phuket and also throughout Thailand,” Mr Manas explained.


Phuket Vice Governor Thanyawat Chanpinit first had a meeting about the virus with DLD officials, related agencies and relevant business owners on May 8 at Phuket Provincial Hall.

At the meeting, V/Gov Thanyawat said, “Although there has not been an outbreak of African swine fever in Phuket, preparations must be made in case an outbreak does occur. Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana ordered the appointment of a working group to prepare for and manage the situation in the event of an outbreak.

“I urge all relevant business operators to monitor the situation carefully, V/Gov Thanyawat stressed. If you believe that your pigs are suffering from depression, high fever or rashes, please immediately inform the DLD.”

In January this year, a Chinese tourist was caught at Phuket International Airport bringing sausages into the country that were carrying the virus. The incident spurred a vast inspection of local pig farms as far afield as Krabi. (See story here.)

In neighbouring Vietnam, where the virus has spread throughout the country to 42 provinces, more than 1.7 million pigs have been culled – about 5% of the nation’s pig population – which has had a massive impact on the industry. The country’s Ministry of Agriculture is directing local governments to help farmers of infected pigs to find new livelihoods.

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Christy Sweet | 31 May 2019 - 14:20:15

From beef ranchers causing the mass round up and slaughter of America's mustangs, to atrocious methods of mass  live burials of suspected diseased animals - when will humans evolve beyond meat?  We (most) are not huddled in  caves shivering from cold for 4 months a year, so do not need the proteins or calories from these horrid,  cruel practices. 

Pascale | 31 May 2019 - 14:03:48

The comment from the serial poster just shows his extreme incompetence.The DLD chief is not talking about "Africa",he talks about "African swine fever".which is the common name for that virus.Again he completely misunderstood an article,either because his lack of understanding "English" or because  his haste of trying to criticize every authority without actually read...

DeKaaskopp | 30 May 2019 - 19:48:38

"Africa is not the problem,Vietnam is"Hahaha,what a moron.Doesn't he know that the virus is called"African swine fever"Same everywhere .In Vietnam or even that stupid Singapore.How embarrassing!

Jor12 | 30 May 2019 - 15:53:57

Haha...the virus is named "African Swine Fever" you clown and has been known to occur in many other parts parts of world. This is not a minor issue but a world wide issue, requiring contagion control.  

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