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Pigs Burned After Several Test Positive for PRRS

by 5m Editor
8 October 2010, at 10:45am

CAMBODIA - Officials in Kandal province on Saturday torched the carcasses of 49 pigs imported from Viet Nam after four pigs were found to be infected with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), more commonly known as blue-ear.

According to The Phnom Penh Post, Has Piseth, deputy director of the Department of Animal Health and Production at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said that the pigs were confiscated by Muk Kampoul district police on 22 September from a trader who had imported the pigs from Viet Nam earlier that day.

Several of the pigs died shorly thereafter, prompting suspicions that they had blue-ear, he said.

“We tested four of the 49 pigs and found that they had blue-ear. Therefore, we ordered officials and the police to burn the bodies to prevent the disease from infecting other pigs,“ he said.

“The pigs were electrocuted until they fainted, beaten to death, put in a big hole, and then sprayed with disinfectant before they were burned.“

On 4 August, Prime Minister Hun Sen banned the importation of pigs from Viet Nam and Thailand in order to prevent the spread of blue-ear.

In the wake of a reported outbreak, thousands of pigs died or were killed by officials in at least seven provinces.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on PRRS by clicking here.