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Myanmar reports first ASF outbreak
Shan State borders China to the north, Laos to the east, Thailand to the south and five administrative divisions of Burma in the west.
Sixty-five animals have been culled in Shan State 

Myanmar’s chief veterinary officer has confirmed the country’s first outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF).

A dozen pigs died and 53 were culled in the initial outbreak in Wan Nwet Village, Shan State. A further two cases and a susceptible animal were later reported in the village of Panghseng, around 110km (68 miles) away.

The cause of the outbreak is inconclusive but is thought to be down to the introduction of new live animals, illegal movement of animals, swill feeding and fomites, according to a report to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Shan State borders China to the north, Laos to the east, Thailand to the south and five administrative divisions of Burma in the west.

Thailand announced it would ban pig imports from Myanmar for 90 days to avoid the spread of ASF from its neighbouring country, according to Reuters.

The ban is expected to start this week and will cover live pigs, wild boar and carcasses from Myanmar. Thailand imposed a similar ban on imports from Laos in June.

China has also banned the import of pigs, wild boar and related products from Myanmar.

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.