Dominican Republic Reports Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - The country has reported its first cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED).
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The Directorate General of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture, has reported the first cases of PED.

The virus originated in China and is also present in the United States and Mexico, according to press agency, Prensa Latina.

Caused by a virus, the disease affects newborn pigs and determines a high number of deaths, the entity discloses in a note before recommending implementation of biosecurity measures.

According to farmers, losses of pigs to date have reached the hundreds, mainly of piglets up to 15 days of age.

To prevent the spread of the disease, with direct impact on the provinces of Santiago and Espaillat, sanitary control posts on roads to production areas were reinforced.

After three to six weeks, the disease decreases and finally disappears farms if proper hygiene measures are taken, according to this source.

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