The outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Dominican Republic now covers the majority of provinces, as confirmed by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Identification of this notifiable disease generally results in the suspension of exports of pigs and pig products, causing huge losses to a country’s swine industry. This outbreak – the first in 40 years in the Americas – has already seen the culling of over 50,000 pigs.
Concerned about potential spread to the US territory of Puerto Rico, some ~200 miles away, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), part of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have established a protection zone and are conducting surveillance to quickly detect introductions of disease. APHIS is also actively supporting the Dominican Republic with detection, surveillance, quarantine, depopulation, and disposal.
Interested in learning more about ASF strategy and readiness from key opinion leaders? Take a look at our latest webinar where you meet our two experts – Professor Grzegorz Woźniakowski (Nicolaus Copernicus University) and Ahmed Elnagar (Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut; FLI) and get their insights into ASF outbreak strategy and readiness, together with the latest in innovative diagnostics.