ICA Detects Classical Swine Fever in Guajira27 August 2013
COLOMBIA - After carrying out several diagnostic tests and epidemiological research, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) confirmed the presence of classical swine fever virus, also known as hog cholera, in Guajira.
According to ICA, the low pathogenic strain of the CSF virus has killed six pigs in a farm consisting of a population of 15 pigs. However, clinical evidence of impairment of the animals that came in contact with those affected and killed was not found.
The ICA has made an order for the animals to be quarantined and animal movement has been restricted. Frequent follow-up visits have also been put in place. But no new evidence of sick animals has been found.
The ICA has also ordered surveillance around the area of the affected farm. There are 29 farms, with a total population of 310 pigs.
"In this area, we make constant visits to verify the health status of animals and the visits have allowed us to confirm that there are no new sick pigs," said the General Manager of the ICA, Teresita Beltran Ospina.
She added that this was the first time for the spread of this kind of strain of CSF in the country and in view of the complexity of the situation, the Institute had to deepen the epidemiological and laboratory study to confirm the presence of the virus.
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