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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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Dogs Trust announces winners of vet student awards

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 Cambridge vet student James Jewkes has been awarded first place in the annual Dogs Trust EMS Awards, for his paper on the threat of exotic infectious diseases in rehoming centres. James will now go on a two-week placement at the WVS International Training Centre in South India.

Each year the awards allow vet students to gain hands-on experience during work placements at 13 of the charity’s rehoming centres, then submit reports on a relevant subject.  

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Former RCVS president to chair new Horse Welfare Board

Former RCVS president Barry Johnson has been appointed as the independent chair of a new Horse Welfare Board. Barry, who is also past chairman of World Horse Welfare, was selected by an industry panel including the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association and The Horsemen’s Group.

The welfare board aims to develop a new welfare strategy covering the whole racing industry. Mr Johnson said: “I’m very pleased to have been asked by racing to take on this role and by the sport’s commitment to continuous improvement in the welfare of racehorses."