THE Selangor Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) has directed the quarantine of pigs from the Kuala Langat district after one of the animals believed to be infected with the foot and mouth disease was detected in the area last week.
The suspected pig came from a farm in Tumbuk, under the supervision of the Kuala Langat pig farmers association.
Kuala Langat has more than 130 pig farms, the highest number of pig farms in Selangor.
“The suspected pig was behaving oddly and it was not eating well.
“One probable reason for its reduced appetite was blisters in its mouth. The farmer told the association and we alerted the necessary state authorities,” said Kuala Langat pig farmers association chairman Sim Ah Hock when interviewed.
He said DVS took blood sample from the suspected pig for testing.
In the meantime, the department directed farmers in Kuala Langat not to remove pigs from the farms.
“The farmers understand the need for the quarantine.
“The quarantine will not affect the supply of pork in the market because 60% of the pork consumed in Selangor come from pigs reared in other states, such as Perak,” said Sim.
However, he hoped DVS would announce the result of their investigations soon as the quarantine directive was causing pig farmers to lose money.
“We will co-operate with the DVS. At the same time, we appeal for the department to also look into restricting the movement of cows because foot and mouth disease is more common in cows compared to pigs,” said Sim.
Selangor state health committee chairman, Datuk Lim Thuang Seng, when contacted, confirmed that DVS was investigating the case of suspected food and mouth disease in the pig.
“The quarantine is necessary to prevent the possibility of the disease spreading,” he said.