The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) said the African swine fever (ASF) has been detected at two commercial pig farms in the Kerian district of Perak, on 17 and 18 September.
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According to The Star, in a statement, DVS has confirmed the matter through a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test by the Veterinary Research Institute (VRI) and quarantine measures and prevention of the spread of ASF disease have been implemented.
“The infected farms have been sealed and prohibited from transporting any pigs and movement of vehicles, in addition to surveillance, clinical inspections and sampling at commercial pig farms in the infected areas being carried out.
"The operations room at the Perak DVS and Kerian district veterinary office have been activated with the involvement of the Kerian district office,” the statement reads.
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DVS added that the conditions for moving pigs and pork products from Perak to the rest of Peninsular Malaysia have also been tightened.
So far, the outbreak is under control and the infection has only occurred in the Kerian district, while the public are advised not to panic as the ASF disease is not zoonotic, or contagious to humans.
By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat