[Taiwan Immigrants’ Global News Network] African swine fever was discovered in a dead wild boar on February 7th in Singapore, making it the 17th Asian nation with an African swine fever epidemic. Central Emergency Operation Center of Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Council of Agriculture announced on February 10th that visitors from outside Taiwan who bring pork products into the country illegally will be fined of NT$200,000 for first offense and 1 million for second offense. Foreigners will be denied admission and immediately repatriated if they do not pay the fine immediately, and they will also be penalized NT$200,000 if they ship pork products from Singapore to Taiwan. NT$1,000,000 for persistent offenders.
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On February 9th, the World Organization for Animal Health was informed of an outbreak of African swine fever after a wild boar carcass was discovered in a park in Singapore's northwest. African swine fever has now been detected in 17 Asian nations, with Singapore being the latest. This indicates that the epidemic is still spreading throughout Asia.
African swine fever was discovered in a dead wild boar on February 7th in Singapore.Photo reproduced from Pixabay
Central Emergency Operation Center noted that Taiwan had already deployed ahead of prevention in 2019, designating all Southeast Asian nations, including Singapore, as high-risk countries and conducting X-rays on incoming passenger luggage, express delivery, and postal parcels machine inspection. This was done considering the rapid spread of African swine fever. The emergency response center has also flexible adjusted the staffing in the hand-check area of Taoyuan International Airport in response to the recent opening of Taiwan's borders and the steady rise in inbound travelers to streamline passenger clearance operations while ensuring quarantine safety.
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The Central Emergency Operation Center has once more emphasized how frequently Taiwan and Singapore contact. Do not bring back or send pork products such as jerky, sausage, bacon, and ham in violation of regulations or send them by express or post to the country with a high risk of spreading the epidemic. The Central Emergency Operation Center appeals to everyone to do their part to stop the pandemic and safeguard Taiwan's animal husbandry production environment.