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A/H1N1 Could Not Spread Further Among Pigs

by 5m Editor
18 December 2009, at 10:14am

THAILAND - The A/H1N1 influenza could not spread further to any other pigs after Thailand confirmed yesterday that one pig was infected with the new virus, Permanent-Secretary of the Agriculture Ministry Yukol Limlaemthong said Friday.

The infected pig, which belongs to a pig farm of a Saraburi campus of Bangkok's Kasetsart University, now has already recovered.

The pig farm, which is part of a research center of the Saraburi campus of Kasetsart University, is located in Tab-guang sub-district of Gang-khoui district in a central province of Saraburi.

The staff of Department of Livestock Development have still continued checking if any other pigs in the research center are infected with the new virus, he said.

No other pigs were found contracted with the new virus, said the permanent-secretary of the agriculture ministry.

The Department of Livestock Development will keep examining the pigs across the country as it is targeted that by December totally there will be 19,000 pigs to be examined.

Also, for a January-April period, the Department of Livestock Development aims to check some 20,000 pigs, he said.

Yukol said the pig, which is affected by the new virus, will not be able to spread the disease to human being.

However, pig meat must be properly cooked prior to consuming, warned the permanent-secretary of the agriculture ministry.

On Wednesday, the public health ministry reported the country had one more death case due to the A/H1N1 contraction, bringing the death toll from the new virus to 190.

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