Livestock officers have inspected pig farms in various provinces following reports of the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) that has killed a large number of pigs in Nong Khai province in Thailand.
Livestock officers in Buriram province have visited pig farms to give advice to farmers on hygiene and farm management. They have also given the farmers disinfectants and urged pig farmers to urgently report any symptoms of illness in the pigs to the department, so that officers could inspect and prevent the spread of the disease. Farmer should not consume the sick pigs as the disease can cause fatalities, according to the local officers.
Meanwhile in Nakhon Pranom province, the Livestock Development Department has coordinated with local organizations to expedite inspections in slaughterhouses and meat vendors. Nakhon Phanom is another province where pigs are reported to be attacked by the PPRS as it neighbors Nong Khai province.
Livestock officers have instructed for meat packing to be conducted in standardized and hygienic slaughterhouses to prevent the spread of the disease. Authorities have also prevented the transport of pork from unapproved areas.