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Malaysia to Cull 3,000 Pigs After African Swine Fever Discovery
USAgNet - 03/02/2021

Malaysia plans to cull 3,000 wild and domestic pigs after an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boar and backyard pigs in the state of Sabah on Borneo island in mid-February.

According to Reuters, the disease was detected in at least 300 pigs in three districts - Pitas, Kota Marudu and Beluran - after a reported case involving the death of a wild boar last month, according to a World Organization for Animal Health alert issued on Friday. This was the first discovery of the disease in Malaysia, the alert said.

Twenty-two pigs have already been culled in efforts to curb the outbreak, said Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Jeffrey Kitingan in a statement on Sunday.

African swine fever, which is deadly to pigs but harmless to humans, poses a threat to food stocks.

China, the world's biggest pork producer, reported new variants of ASF last week, natural mutations in the virus that ravaged China's pig herd during 2018 and 2019 and which continues to kill hogs.

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