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60,000 pigs culled in the Dominican Republic

Hygiene & Biosecurity

The ASF outbreak threatens the American region.

Posted on Sep 07 ,09:39

60,000 pigs culled in the Dominican Republic

60,000 pigs were culled in the last month in the Dominican Republic due to an African swine fever outbreak. The situation worries big producing countries such as the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil or Argentina. The first case of ASF in North America was detected 50 years ago in Cuba. It was followed by the Dominican Republic in 1978, Haiti in 1979 and Brazil in 1980. Currently, the disease is located 381 kilometers away from Puerto Rico, which is US territory.
During the 2021 Conference of Ministers of Agriculture of the Americas, the biosecurity threat was exposed by officials present at the meeting. 100 farms have been hit by the disease, so far although, Haiti, a country that shares a land border with the Dominican Republic didn't report any outbreak.
To date, the Dominican Republic has already slaughtered 60,000 pigs throughout the country and of the 32 provinces that the country has, ASF is already present in the 25 provinces with the highest pig production.

During the Conference of Ministers of Agriculture of the Americas, held last week, international organizations and the Ministers of Agriculture approved a resolution that highlights the "importance of implementing national, regional and hemispheric actions to prevent and fight against African swine fever,".

 

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