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on August 4, 2010

Cambodia bans live pig imports

Country tries to halt spread of blue-ear

Cambodia has banned the import of live pigs amidst fears that the animals might be infected with blue-ear, according to the AFP.

"The so-called blue-ear pig disease is spreading and is now present in Cambodia," said Prime Minister Hun Sen. Outbreaks of the disease had already been reported in the neighboring countries of Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, and now the disease is thought to have already killed hundreds of pigs in Cambodia. Pork is a key source of food and an important commodity in the country; more than 1,000 pigs a day are imported to meet demand and most small family farms in rural areas have at least one pig.

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