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  • Dominican Republic: Pig farmers report strange disease killing their animals - African Swine Fever detected in 11 provinces

    Source: https://dominicantoday.com/dr/local/...their-animals/


    Pig farmers report strange disease killing their animals
    Cases reported in rural communities of Montecristi and Dajabón
    Local June 27, 2021 | 10:11 am


    Hundreds of pigs have died in a little less than two months in different rural communities of Montecristi and Dajabón because of a strange disease that has shaken pig farms and devastated pig farmers.

    The cause of the disease, which causes coagulation in the animals’ blood and “turns their intestines black,” was unknown to the farmers, who have been looking for ways to cure their animals. Still, no medicine can overcome the disease that ends up killing them.

    “Yes, it is new for us because there is no medication, one asks at the veterinary and they say they don’t know,” they expressed.

    “I alone have lost around 40,000 pesos in a few days, easily the whole breeding is gone. This is devastating what has happened,” said concerned pig farmer Rodolfo Pichardo...

  • #2
    African swine fever confirmed in Dominican Republic: https://www.nationalhogfarmer.com/ne...nican-republic

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    • #3
      Immediate notification
      African swine fever virus (Inf. with) , Dominican (Rep.)

      ...
      COUNTRY OR ZONE
      ZONE

      DISEASE
      African swine fever virus (Inf. with)

      STARTED ON
      30-06-2021

      ANIMAL TYPE
      TERRESTRIAL

      CONFIRMED ON
      27-07-2021

      REASON
      Recurrence

      CAUSAL AGENT
      African swine fever virus

      ENDED ON
      -

      DISEASE CATEGORY
      OIE-listed

      REPORTED ON
      29-07-2021

      LAST OCCURRENCE

      29-04-1981
      ...

      EPIDEMIOLOGICAL COMMENTS
      The laboratory results of serological tests and sequencing are still pending to be sent by the laboratory. These results were received on 28th July 2021.
      ...
      OUTBREAKS 2
      ...
      Outbreaks
      down
      ob_87980 - La Mina
      down
      OUTBREAK REFERENCE
      -

      STARTED ON
      01-07-2021

      EPIDEMIOLOGICAL UNIT
      Backyard

      NUMBER OF OUTBREAKS
      -

      ENDED ON
      -

      AFFECTED POPULATION DESCRIPTION
      Animals of different ages and sexes raised in a community-type backyard.

      APPROXIMATE LOCATION
      La Mina

      FIRST ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION
      Monte Cristi

      SECOND ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION
      Las Matas de Santa Cruz

      THIRD ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION
      -

      GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATES
      Lat : 19.638838

      Long : -71.497184


      SPECIES MEASURING UNIT SUSCEPTIBLE CASES DEATHS KILLED AND DISPOSED OF SLAUGHTERED/KILLED FOR COMMERCIAL USE VACCINATED
      Swine NEW Animal 827 266 785 42 0 0
      TOTAL Animal 827 266 785 42 0 0
      - NEW Animal 827 266 785 42 0 0
      TOTAL Animal 827 266 785 42 0 0

      ...

      ob_87981 - La Breña
      down
      OUTBREAK REFERENCE
      -

      STARTED ON
      14-07-2021

      EPIDEMIOLOGICAL UNIT
      Backyard

      NUMBER OF OUTBREAKS
      -

      ENDED ON
      -

      AFFECTED POPULATION DESCRIPTION
      Animals of different ages and sexes raised in a backyard.

      APPROXIMATE LOCATION
      La Breña

      FIRST ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION
      Sánchez Ramírez

      SECOND ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION
      Cotuí

      THIRD ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION
      -

      GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATES
      Lat : 19.092196

      Long : -70.1237


      SPECIES MEASURING UNIT SUSCEPTIBLE CASES DEATHS KILLED AND DISPOSED OF SLAUGHTERED/KILLED FOR COMMERCIAL USE VACCINATED
      Swine NEW Animal 15 7 15 0 0 0
      TOTAL Animal 15 7 15 0 0 0
      - NEW Animal 15 7 15 0 0 0
      TOTAL Animal 15 7 15 0 0 0
      ...
      https://wahis.oie.int/#/report-info?reportId=36844
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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      • #4
        JULY 30, 2021


        Urgent action needed now to curb the spread of African swine fever in the Americas

        As the deadly pig disease reaches the Americas Region for the first time in almost 40 years, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) calls on countries to strengthen their surveillance efforts. Critical support provided by the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs), a joint OIE and FAO initiative, is underway.

        30 July 2021, Buenos Aires (Argentine) – In recent years, African swine fever (ASF) – which may cause up to 100 percent mortality in pigs – has become a major crisis for the pork industry, putting the livelihood of many smallholders at stake and destabilizing the global market of pork products. Due to its complex epidemiology, the disease has spread relentlessly, affecting more than 50 countries in Africa, Europe and Asia since 2018.

        Today, countries in the Americas Region are also on alert, as the Dominican Republic has notified through the World Animal Health Information System (OIE-WAHIS) the reoccurrence of ASF after years of being free from the disease. While further investigations are ongoing to determine how the virus entered the country, several measures are already in place to halt its further spread.

        “The great diversity of production and trade systems that currently coexist in the Americas Region pose unique additional challenges when it comes to facing this disease” said Dr Luis Barcos, OIE Regional Representative for the Americas. “But the situation does not find us unprepared, as we have been anticipating an event like this for several years now.”

        When ASF swept into Asia for the first time in 2018, a regional Standing Group of Experts was convened in the Americas under the GF-TADs framework to get ready for a potential introduction of the disease. This group has been providing critical guidelines on disease prevention, preparedness and response, in line with the global initiative for the control of ASF.

        The efforts invested in preparedness paid off, as a network of experts built during peace times was already in place to quickly and effectively coordinate a response to this urgent threat.

        After the official alert disseminated via the OIE-WAHIS, the OIE jointly with FAO swiftly mobilised their Standing Group of Experts in order to provide support to the regional countries. In this vein, the group calls on countries to reinforce their border controls, as well as to implement the OIE international Standards on ASF to mitigate the risk of disease introduction. Acknowledging the heightened risk, sharing information and research findings with the global veterinary community will be of critical importance to trigger early measures that can protect pig populations in the region. Priority actions should also be considered to significantly raise the level of awareness on the disease. To this end, an OIE communication campaign is available in several languages to support countries in their efforts.

        An Emergency Management Regional Team has also been established to closely monitor the situation and support the affected and neighboring countries in the upcoming days, under the GF-TADs leadership.

        While the Americas Region is no longer free of ASF, controlling the spread of the disease to new countries is still possible through proactive, concrete and coordinated actions by all the regional stakeholders, including the private as well as the public sectors. Achieving this will be critical to protect food security and livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations from this devastating pig disease.

        https://rr-americas.oie.int/en/news/oie-notification/
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela

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        • #5
          bump this

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          • #6
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            Saturday 31, July 2021


            Sánchez Ramírez Contingency Plan for the Eradication of African Swine Fever (ASF) Dominican Republic


            SÁNCHEZ RAMÍREZ.- We inform the public that the Official Commission for the Control and Eradication of Outbreaks of African Swine Fever began this Friday the intervention of more than two thousand backyard pig farms to eradicate this disease that affects the pig population.

            We began in Cotuí and other communities in this demarcation the protocol to eliminate possible sources of spread.

            Actions:

            On the instructions of the President of the Republic, Luis Abinader, the commission headed by the Minister of Agriculture, Limber Cruz, after holding a meeting with technicians and authorities from Sánchez Ramírez, determined the following:

            African Swine Fever is a disease that only affects swine, it does not affect humans. We guarantee that you can consume meat and products derived from these.
            Quarantine and prohibit the transfer of pigs into and out of the Sánchez Ramírez province.


            Formation of teams to identify outbreaks for their eradication made up of technicians from the Animal Health Directorate and the General Directorate of Livestock of the Ministry of Agriculture, military personnel and technicians from the Agricultural Bank.

            Slaughter of the population of backyard pigs affected by the disease, estimated at 17 thousand individuals.

            The price per kilo will be calculated and an economic compensation will be granted to the producers through the Agricultural Bank to avoid the loss of their investment.

            The Emergency Operations Center (COE) installed a control center to support the commission's actions.

            In addition, biosafety suits were purchased for the technical staff and motor pumps for the disinfection of all vehicles entering and leaving the quarantine province.

            Military personnel from the FT-Ciutran Quiet City Task Force will support the eradication and control of access and exit from the city campaign.

            Together with the Minister of Agriculture, Limber Cruz, the committee is made up of the director of the Emergency Operations Center (COE), General R, Juan Manuel Méndez; the provincial governor Cristiana Rodríguez; the administrator of Banco Agrícola, Fernando Durán; the director of Livestock, Geovanny Molina; the director of the Northeast Regional Agriculture, Frank Ventura; the director of the Northern Air Command, General Rafael Alegría; the Army Colonel, José Manuel Félix Brito; National Director of Animal Health, Dr. Rafael Núñez Mieses, representatives of the 911 System, the Armed Forces, among other state entities.

            Newsletter number 01
            July 30, 2021


            https://agricultura.gob.do/noticia/p...ca-dominicana/

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            Monday 2, August 2021


            Government guarantees financial compensation for pig farmers whose pigs are slaughtered.


            SÁNCHEZ RAMÍREZ. - The Official Commission for the Control and Eradication of Outbreaks of African Swine Fever reported that the Government will pay the pigs that are slaughtered in this area at the current market price, so that the producers are not economically affected.

            Payments will be made through Banco Agrícola within 12 to 15 days.

            A team headed by a veterinarian from the Department of Animal Health of the Ministry of Agriculture, an expert from the Agricultural Bank, auxiliary, workers and members of the national security will visit each area to intervene to guarantee that the pig farmers receive all the help of the Government before the ASF outbreak.

            Complying with the recommendations of international organizations to eradicate the dangerous disease, which causes the death of pigs in almost one hundred percent of cases, government, agricultural, military and relief authorities requested the support of pig farmers to prevent the spread of the disease. virus to other parts of the country.

            ASF has no cure, nor are there vaccines to prevent it, and it is highly contagious, which is why the slaughter of animals is established in the sources of contagion detected to avoid its spread.

            This Sunday, four important outbreaks were identified in Cevicos, Fantino, Villa la Mata and Quita Sueño, where some 14,135 pigs raised in the backyard are intervened without any record of sanitary control, which could be affected.

            Contingency work continues to be carried out throughout the province, and in a preventive manner in nearby towns.

            On Saturday the supplies for the technical personnel who will be inside the pigsty arrived at the Cotuí provincial government, among which are biosecurity suits, car decontamination motor pumps, fuel, as well as heavy equipment to facilitate the work.


            https://agricultura.gob.do/noticia/g...-sacrificados/


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            Monday 2, August 2021


            Sánchez Ramírez Contingency Plan for the Eradication of African Swine Fever (ASF) Dominican Republic.


            Newsletter 02
            August 2, 2021

            Authorities detect swine fever in 11 provinces of the country

            SANTO DOMINGO. - The Official Commission for the Control and Eradication of Outbreaks of African Swine Fever reported this Monday that the disease that affects pigs was detected in 11 provinces of the country, so it immediately activated the protocol for isolating the virus in those places. .

            Among the provinces are Sánchez Ramírez, Santiago, Hermanas Mirabal, La Vega, Montecristi, Elías Piña, San Juan and the National District. Sanitary control brigades are heading towards the demarcations to intervene the backyard hatcheries, since they are susceptible to contracting the disease.

            The international organizations FAO, IICA and OIRSA provided technical and financial support to counteract the ASF virus. In that sense, Carlos Moreno, Oirsa Animal Health officer, arrived in the country this weekend to carry out support operations in the field.

            Actions in Sánchez Ramírez

            This Sunday backyard pig farms located in Cevicos, Fantino, Villa la Mata, Quita Sueño and the main municipality of Sánchez Ramírez were intervened to eradicate the disease that affects the pig population.

            Until the early hours of Sunday morning, some 14,135 pigs raised in the backyard were identified in these locations.

            Five work teams composed of a veterinarian from the Directorate of Animal Health of the DIGEGA of the Ministry of Agriculture, an expert from the Agricultural Bank, assistants, workers and members of the national security went to the different farms to proceed to the slaughter of the pigs, the only sanitary measure to eradicate the disease according to the protocol established for the control and eradication of African Swine Fever.

            The Dominican Government is applying all the recommendations that international organizations regulate to contain the advance of the ASF by implementing the regulations that the existing sanitary situation sends us.

            Through Banco Agrícola we guarantee payment according to the current market price for the pigs that are slaughtered in the demarcations so that the producers are not economically affected.

            The experts from the Banco Agrícola are carrying out the process of appraising the specimens and filling out the forms, so that the pig farmers can withdraw the funds for compensation within a period of between twelve and fifteen days.

            Contingency work and vehicle disinfection continue to be carried out throughout the province and in a preventive manner in nearby towns, and are carried out in conjunction with the Emergency Operations Center (COE), the Fire Department, National Police, Armed Forces, among other organisms.


            https://agricultura.gob.do/noticia/p...cina-africana/
            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
            -Nelson Mandela

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            • #7
              Source: https://www.woodstocksentinelreview....7-578fe6bfcbbb

              Dominican ASF now widespread
              African Swine Fever is now widespread in the Dominican Republic, showing up in 11 of the country's 33 provinces and prompting the culling of tens of thousands of pigs to contain the deadly disease.
              Author of the article: Postmedia News
              Publishing date:
              Aug 04, 2021 • 8 hours ago • 1 minute read •

              African Swine Fever is now widespread in the Dominican Republic, showing up in 11 of the country’s 33 provinces and prompting the culling of tens of thousands of pigs to contain the deadly disease.

              Mexico and the United States have implemented new measures to prevent the spread of the disease, including a ban on pork from the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and increased inspection of travellers’ luggage...

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