Swine dis­ease out­break hits dis­trict in Lam­pang


LAM­PANG: Live­stock of­fi­cials in Mae Tha dis­trict have de­clared the dis­trict a dis­ease con­trol zone to pre­vent an out­break of a swine dis­ease fol­low­ing the deaths of hun­dreds of pigs there in re­cent weeks.

Sorn Theep­a­ti­makorn, a pro­vin­cial live­stock of­fi­cial, said al­most 1,000 pigs have been slaugh­tered as part of a pre­cau­tion­ary ac­tion af­ter Porcine Re­pro­duc­tive and Res­pi­ra­tory Syn­drome (PRSS) was di­ag­nosed on lo­cal farms.

The num­ber of swine deaths caused by the dis­ease is be­ing ver­i­fied, he said.

He said the spread of the dis­ease in Mae Tha dis­trict has been brought un­der con­trol and is lim­ited to small farms, which have fewer than 200 pigs.

The trans­port of pigs in Mae Tha dis­trict has been re­stricted and in­ter­provin­cial trans­port is also un­der tight­ened con­trol, he said. The dis­trict has been put un­der a 30-day sur­veil­lance or­der and vi­o­la­tors face a two-year jail term and/or a fine of 40,000 baht.

Mr Sorn urged pig farm­ers to in­form live­stock of­fi­cials if the an­i­mals be­come sick or die, so of­fi­cials can in­ves­ti­gate and con­duct lab­o­ra­tory tests on blood sam­ples to de­ter­mine the cause.

Res­i­dents in Ban Nong, tam­bon Mae Jo, said about 500 pigs have been killed and dis­posed of as ad­vised by live­stock of­fi­cials fol­low­ing the out­break. How­ever, some are con­cerned about health risks posed to hu­mans by the dis­ease.

Lam­pang is home to a large num­ber of pig farms of vary­ing sizes.

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