One New ASF Outbreak in Chad

by 5m Editor
31 March 2011, at 11:30am

CHAD - The country's veterinary authorities have reported one new outbreak of African swine fever in Mayo Kebbi prefecture.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 4 yesterday, 30 March.

A total of 82365 animals were found susceptible to the disease, out of which 22614 cases and deaths were identified. The remaining 59751 pigs were destroyed.

Introduction of new live animals and illegal movement of animals have been listed as two of the main sources of the outbreak.

Some of the animal health measures that are currently being applied in the field are:

  • Following a regional decision, establishment of three zones: outbreak zone, protection zone and surveillance zone;
  • Census of all pig farms in the outbreak zones;
  • Stamping out of animals in the outbreak zones;
  • Burning of carcasses;
  • Disinfection of premises and contaminated material;
  • Census of the animals slaughtered for farmers’ compensation.

According to the report, the strategy of the Ministry of Livestock and Animal Resources for the control of African swine fever is:

  • Ban on stray pigs;
  • Increase awareness and communication;
  • Sanitation process in the outbreak zones for a 3 to 6 months period between the implementation of the animal health measures and the restocking of the pig farms in the region;
  • Farmers’ compensation;
  • Strengthen surveillance along the border with Cameroon;
  • Consider a regional control strategy against this disease as part of the CEMAC (Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa).

Further Reading

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