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Livestock chief allays swine flu fears

Feb 05. 2020
Sorawit Thanito
Sorawit Thanito
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By THE NATION

The Department of Livestock Development has denied reports of an outbreak of H1N1 (swine flu) in Taiwan, and has assured that Thailand’s pork industry is safe.

Recently, there was news of a swine flu outbreak in Taiwan, raising fears, especially among Thai people who consume pork.

The department's director-general, Sorawit Thanito, said the news was false. “Taiwanese Centres of Disease Control informed us that the news related to the virus published in the Taiwanese press was about the seasonal flu named ‘H1N1’ in the country,” he said.

He explained that ‘H1N1’ is a kind of flu that can infect humans. “The disease is not of pig, but was called ‘swine flu’ by World Health Organization since infected people at that time had direct contact with pigs,” he added.

“Those who have questions related to the livestock sector can contact the Bureau of Disease Control and Veterinary Services or use the ‘DLD 4.0’ mobile application,” he said.

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