The first African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks have been reported from Malaysia. Roughly 3,000 pigs will have to be culled.
The archipelago reported 5 outbreaks in the north of the East Malaysia, the part of the country that is located on the island Borneo, which it shares with Brunei and Indonesia.
The outbreaks were reported in 3 different districts in Sabah, the northern part of East Malaysia.
According to a report by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Pitas case was the first in which presence of the ASF virus could be confirmed by laboratory testing, after which surveillance was stepped up in a 50 km radius around the index case. When it was also found in wild boar in the Beluran district, the surveillance was stepped up in the entire country.
News outlet Bloomberg reported that roughly 3,000 pigs will have to be culled. Deputy chief minister Jeffrey Kitingan said necessary action is being taken: “This includes the culling of pigs in the affected areas, controlling the movement of pigs and the selling of pork products originating from the affected areas.”
With the outbreak, Malaysia follows a range of other Asian countries where ASF has also been confirmed, including China, North Korea, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, India, East Timor. In addition, a few islands off the coast of Taiwan reported infected pigs washing ashore.