The seizure of 558 smuggled frozen pigs in Bangkok's On Nut area has sparked fears of an African Swine Fever outbreak.
The Czech Republic has been the only country to eradicate African swine fever (ASF) during the re-emeging outbreaks around the world in recent years. They eradicated the highly infectious virus through strict control measures, strict biosecurity, and a coordinated approach to both.
The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is asking courier companies to stop accepting orders to deliver meat products from African Swine Fever (ASF)-affected countries.
Southeast Asia is battling to contain the spread of African swine fever, which has so far led to the culling of millions of pigs in China and Vietnam.
The impacted farm is located in Bielsk Podlaskie near the border with Belarus.
Experts have said it may take years to contain African swine fever due to the differing biosecurity standards on commercial pig farms and backyard smallholdings across Asia.
A dead pig at the Sheung Shui abattoir tested positive for African swine fever, prompting a culling at the government-owned slaughterhouse.
North Korea reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) an outbreak of African swine fever on a farm in Jagang province.
Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said that the government should freeze safe pork at the onset of an African Swine Fever outbreak or there will not be safe meat in the next few months.
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) says it will be years before China can contain African swine fever and has launched a global initiative to try to keep the disease in check.