By The Nation
Director-General Sorawit Thaneto, said that the severe pig epidemic is continuing to spread in Asia. There is no vaccine or cure. Though the disease has never been reported in people, an outbreak is estimated to cost direct and indirect economic damage to the livestock production industry of at least Bt100 billion.
Anyone wishing to move animals or carcasses of pigs or wild boars, including semen or embryos for breeding, through an epidemic surveillance area must obtain permission from the veterinarian responsible for that area. A violation is punishable by an imprisonment of up to two years and/or a fine up to Bt40,000 under Article 65 of the Animal Epidemic Act BE 2015
Areas under surveillance are:
North: Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Uttaradit, Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai;
Northeast: Loei, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Surin and Buri Ram;
East: Sa Kaeo, Chanthaburi and Trat;
As well, Three provinces are declared partial surveillance areas:
Tak (5 districts): Umphang, Mae Sot, Tha Song Yang, Mae Ramat and Phop Phra;
Phitsanulok (2 districts): Chat Trakan and Nakhon Thai;
Phetchaburi (2 districts): Nong Ya Plong and Kaeng Krachan.