Thailand bans import of pig products from Myanmar following African Swine Fever outbreak

The Thai government has announced that it will ban the import of all pig products from Myanmar after African Swine Fever was officially detected in the north of the country, not far from the border with Chiang Rai yesterday, yesterday, Aug. 15

The first positive tests for swine fever in Mayanmar came from Kengtung some 99 kilometers from the Mae Sai/Tachilek crossing and followed reports of pigs dying across Shan State including parts of Tachilek District only 36 kilometers from the border crossing Aug. 5.

The ban on pigs surprisingly does not start immediately but will only commence next week according to Reuters and will cover both live pigs and boars along with carcasses as well.

No cases have yet to be detected in Thailand but with a notoriously porous border that allows for the smuggling of illegal drugs and workers, it may only be a matter of time until it is detect no matter what the Thai government attempts to do to prevent it happening.