ASF spreads further in Sabah

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Penampang is the latest district in Sabah, East Malaysia to be hit with an ASF outbreak.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Jeffrey Kitingan said the virus was first detected on December 14.

“The disease has spread to five villages in Inobong, Sugud, and Koidupan. The outbreak involved 229 backyard pigs owned by six different owners. The loss is estimated to be as high as USD 25,000,” he said.

Dr Kitingan said he is optimistic that the pork supply in Sabah will be sufficient to meet demand for the lunar new year.

Penampang is the 20th district in the state to be hit by the ASF virus.

Dr Kitingan said the district has two commercial pig farms with about 2900 pigs.

“To prevent the virus from spreading to nearby districts, the ministry through the Department of Veterinary Services will conduct awareness campaigns in the Penampang district to ensure that the people are well-informed about ASF. The department will also monitor and control the movement of pigs and pork products to ensure that none leave the district for the time being,” he said.

He further assured consumers of enough pork supply for the upcoming Chinese New Year festival.

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