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Exports affected as ASF confirmed in Myanmar

16th Aug 2019 / By Rebecca Veale

Myanmar has confirmed their first case of African swine fever (ASF), resulting in Thailand banning pig exports from their neighbouring country for 90 days.

Reuters reported that the ban, which is expected to start next week, will cover live pigs and wild boar as well as carcasses from Myanmar, to prevent the disease from spreading into Thailand which has not reported any cases of ASF.

It followed a similar ban Thailand issued for pig imports from Laos in June.

China has also banned the import of pigs, wild boar and related products from Myanmar over concerns about African swine fever.

China has been battling the disease since the middle of last year. ASF has spread to all of China’s provinces and regions, as well as Hong Kong and Hainan island, since it was first detected there last August.

Take a look at our update on how ASF has spread in South East Asia since August 2018