June 20, 2019 / 1:23 PM / a month ago

Laos confirms first cases of African swine fever - OIE

PARIS (Reuters) - Laos has reported its first cases of African swine fever (ASF), confirming outbreaks in the southern province of Saravane, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday.

The southeast Asian country reported seven outbreaks of ASF in villages in Saravane, which led to the deaths of 973 animals, the OIE said on its website, citing information from Laos’ agriculture ministry.

The disease, which is incurable in pigs but harmless to humans, has spread rapidly across China since last August and also spread this year in Vietnam.

China, home to the world’s largest pig herd, has so far reported over 120 outbreaks of ASF.

Reporting by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Bate Felix

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