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Cambodia confirms first case of ASF
ASF has been spreading across China since August last year and the country’s pig herd is said to be down 19 per cent year-on-year. (Stock photo)
Backyard outbreak claims 500 pigs, agriculture ministry reports

African swine fever has been confirmed in Cambodia for the first time, in backyard pigs near the border with Vietnam.

The country’s Ministry of Agriculture said the outbreak killed 400 of the 500 pigs at the premises in Ratanakiri Province, while the remainder were culled and disposed of.

Responding to the news, the UK’s National Pig Association (NPA) said the outran was of “little surprise” considering the rate at which the virus has spread in neighbouring Vietnam, since the first case was reported there in February.

ASF has been spreading across China since August last year and the country’s pig herd is said to be down 19 per cent year-on-year.

The virus has also been detected in Mongolia and there are concerns that nearby countries, including Thailand and Taiwan, could be at risk.

There are also concerns that movement of infected meat could aid the spread of ASF, as contaminated meat has already been found at ports and airports in Australia, the US, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.

Meanwhile, the Japanese government revealed this week that ASF has been detected ‘in a contagious state’ in soil for the first time.

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Wales to ban third party puppy and kitten sales

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 The Welsh Government has said it will ban third party sales of puppies and kittens, after a consultation showed overwhelming public support.

A consultation in February received nearly 500 responses, most of whom called for greater action to improve the welfare of cats and dogs at all breeding premises.

Concerns were also raised about online sales, impulse buying, breeder accountability and illegal puppy imports.

A consultation will now be held on plans to implement a ban. Environment minister Lesley Griffiths said she will also revisit the current breeding regulations to improve welfare conditions.  

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WHO declares Congo Ebola outbreak an international health emergency

The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The move comes after a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Ebola in the DRC. The committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma - a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world.

The committee also reinforced the need to protect the livelihoods of the people most affected by the outbreak by keeping transport routes and borders open.