Sabah agriculture and fisheries minister Jeffrey Kitingan has suggested the folks to not devour wild boar meat in the meanwhile because the African swine fever (ASF) has unfold to 9 districts within the state now.
Kitingan, who can also be deputy chief minister, mentioned the ASF is just not identified to contaminate people however nonetheless issued this recommendation as a precaution to the general public.
“Don’t fear, the ASF solely impacts animals, not people,” he informed reporters after an occasion right here at the moment.
“In the meanwhile, the state of affairs is below management. Nonetheless, I’m asking the folks to chorus from consuming wild boar meat for now.”
He mentioned the illness had unfold to Pitas, Kota Marudu, Telupid and Tawau. Beforehand, the ASF was detected in Lahad Datu, Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Beluran and Telupid.
Nonetheless, solely Pitas, Beluran, Kota Marudu, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan and Sandakan have to date been declared as areas for the outbreak.
Kitingan mentioned 404 home pigs had been discovered useless, including the Veterinary Companies Division had to date culled 387 home pigs.
This implies 791 home pigs have died or been culled because the illness was detected in January.
On the similar time, 139 wild boars have been discovered useless, all contaminated with the ASF. There was no culling of untamed pigs as but.
“The state Veterinary Companies Division is continuous to cull affected pigs primarily saved in backyards to make sure the virus doesn’t unfold additional.”