ASF Breaks Out in Kenya's Central Province

by 5m Editor
29 November 2011, at 12:12pm

KENYA - The Kenyan veterinary authorities have reported two outbreaks of African swine fever in the country's Central province.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 1 yesterday, 28 November. The two affected villages were Kiambu and Thika. In Kiambu, six pigs from a farm near the municipal town were affected, while in Thika, 34 pigs came into contact with wild pigs that came to feed at a nearby dumping site.

In total, a total of 40 pigs were found susceptible to the outbreak, out of which, three cases were identified. Two deaths were recorded, one animal was destroyed and the remaining 37 were slaughtered.

Although OIE has not yet been able to deduce the main source of the outbreak, illegal movement of animals, swill feeding and fomites are suspected to be the primary causes.

According to the OIE, the farms affected are those of subsistence farmers around built-up areas and feeding swill.

Several measures have been applied to contain the situation. Some of these include:

  • Quarantine
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Screening
  • Zoning
  • Disinfection of infected premises/establishment(s)
  • Modified stamping out
  • No vaccination
  • No treatment of affected animals

Further Reading

- Find out more information on African swine fever by clicking here.