Colombia Reports Classical Swine Fever Outbreaks in Magdalena29 April 2014
COLOMBIA - The Colombian veterinary authorities have reported two outbreaks of classical swine fever in Magdalena.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 7 on Friday, 25 April.
On the first outbreak, which took place on 28 February 2014, five backyard holdings located in the surroundings of the hamlet San Fernando. This is considered as an epidemiological unit regarding the type of holding and the management of animals in pasture.
The second outbreak occurred on 7 March 2014. In this case, two backyard holdings located in the surroundings of the hamlet Jaraba. This is considered as an epidemiological unit regarding the production system and the management of animals in pasture. Vaccination was suspended on 1 June 2013 in this area.
A total of 190 pigs were found susceptible, out of which 103 cases were reported. A total of 36 deaths were reported.
Introduction of new live animals, contact with infected animal(s) at grazing/watering, swill feeding and fomites from humans, vehicles, feed, etc. have been identified as some of the main causes of the outbreaks.
The OIE reports that animals are in permanent contact with one another. No biosecurity measure has been applied on the backyard holdings.
In the administrative division of Cesar, a total of 20848 pigs were vaccinated while in Magdalena, 2328 pigs received vaccination.
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