Thai officials deny swine fever outbreak after culling news

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government has denied rumors of an outbreak of African swine fever that spread after media reports of the culling of pigs in the country's north.

An Agriculture Ministry statement said Tuesday that while no outbreak has been confirmed, road checkpoints have been established to block the transport of pigs out of designated risk areas, mostly along the border with Myanmar.

Thailand bars pig imports from Myanmar, which registered its first swine fever outbreak last month.

A report by The Nation news website said about 200 pigs in the northern province of Chiang Rai had recently been culled and tissue samples from them sent for testing.

It quoted a provincial livestock official as saying it was a preventive measure after some pigs showed symptoms such as lassitude and poor appetite.