Mauritius plans epic pig-culling operation

by 5m Editor
18 October 2007, at 10:21am

PORT LOUIS - An epidemic of African swine fever has hit the tiny Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, which announced on Wednesday that it would cull almost two thirds of its pig population.

"This is a crisis and urgent measures have to be taken: we think 10 000 pigs will have to be culled and incinerated in the coming days," Agriculture Minister Arvin Boolell told reporters.

Positive results for African swine fever, a viral disease affecting pigs, returned to the island on Wednesday after samples were sent to South Africa last week when farmers reported unexplained deaths among their livestock.

Source: IOL

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