InfoQuest (March 21) -- Mr. Sorawit Thanatho, Director of the Department of Livestock, updated the on-going monitoring of African Swine Fever (ASF). He noted that no ASF case was found in Thailand, and stressed that ASF is a kind of swine fever that cannot be transmitted from pigs to human or other animals, nor can it pose threat to the human and other animals. So consumers can rest assured that it is okay to eat pork. Meanwhile, relevant departments would strengthen the prevention and control over the disease.
In recent days, the director attended the meeting convened among the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the bureau of animal husbandry of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand. The meeting was organized to formulate measures to monitor, control, prevent and eliminate ASF, and protect the pig industry and national economy of countries in the region. The meeting is regarded as an important international cooperation in animal husbandry.
"Currently, Thailand and neighboring countries are working together to integrate matters related to ASF. When the first ASF case was reported in Vietnam, we immediately took measures for disease control, and provided accurate information about ASF to consumers," said Mr. Sorawit.
The director summarized that, in order to help Thailand get rid of the crisis, he expected the coordination of consumers, farmers, tourists, and the public, and hoped that they would support the implementation of ASF-related prevention measures, e.g. protecting themselves with high-level biology security system or biosecurity. He also expected the cooperation of the media, and hoped that they would choose appropriate photos in news release. More importantly, he hoped that the public would refrain from transmitting false information and photos, lest they might affect the whole society.
Source: InfoQuest, by Nisarat Wichiensri / Ratchada, translated by Xinhua Silk Road
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