Dominican Republic Reports 26,000 Pigs Deaths from PED

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Seven outbreaks of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) in the country since November 2013 have resulted in the deaths of more than 26,000 piglets.
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The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated 13 June to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The report outlines seven outbreaks of PED in several distracts across the centre of the country starting between November 2013 and 25 May.

A total of 308,177 pigs were affected, of which 39,042 showed symptoms and 26,070 died - all reported to be piglets less than two weeks old; 20,691 of the mortalities were on one farm alone in the Santiago region.

The report adds that the surveillance system of the Directorate of Animal Health was implemented following a clinical picture of diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration that resulted in the death of piglets less than 15 days old at different farms. Samples were sent to the centre for animal diseases of the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in the USA to confirm by real-time RT-PCR, isolation and sequencing the causal agent of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED). On 21 March 2014, in a preliminary report, the USDA confirmed by real-time RT-PCR and sequencing that samples submitted were similar to the PED virus reported in the US.

Th eusual control measures have been applied: quarantine; movement control inside the country and disinfection of infected premises/establishment(s). Vaccination is prohibited but affected animals have been treated for their symptoms.

All the outbreaks are described as 'resolved' and this is termed a 'final report'.

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