Kitingan: Culling efforts have curbed spread of African Swine Fever

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 27 Apr 2021

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government’s move to cull wild boars and domestic pigs affected by African Swine Fever (ASF) has helped to contain cases from spreading to main pig farms, says Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.

The state Agriculture and Fisheries Industry Minister said only Nabawan district has recorded new cases while all main pork producing farms are spared from the virus.

“The state Veterinary Department has done a good job in containing and preventing the virus that had affected wild boars and backyard pigs from spreading further.

“Fortunately, pig farms are not affected by this outbreak, ” he said during a press conference here on Tuesday (April 27).

Jeffrey said although the ASF does not affect humans, it is better to refrain from hunting wild boar for the time being as hunting is also not allowed during the pandemic.

“Our guess is that the virus might have originated from meat brought in illegally from neighbouring countries, ” he said, adding that this seems to be the only possible way for ASF to have spread in Sabah.

Earlier, he said a total of 169 wild bearded pigs had been confirmed positive for ASF as of April 18 while 535 have died because of the fever.

The authorities have culled 398 backyard pigs while the ASF outbreak have been declared in eight of the 10 affected districts. These are Pitas, Beluran, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kota Marudu, Sandakan, Telupid and Tongod.

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