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Dominican Republic plan to eradicate swine fever continues in Espaillat; source of contagion detected

Spanish swine technician specializing in African swine fever arriving Monday in the Dominican Republic to assist efforts

9 August 2021, at 2:00am

The Official Commission for the Control and Eradication of Outbreaks of African Swine Fever here supervised the contingency plan for the control of sources of contagion in farms and backyard hatcheries, and announced that on Monday a Spanish technician sent by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to collaborate on the elimination of the ASF outbreak.

Dominican Republic Minister of Agriculture, Limber Cruz, and ASF eradication team
Dominican Republic Minister of Agriculture, Limber Cruz, and ASF eradication team

The Minister of Agriculture, Limber Cruz, who heads the commission, reported that this technician is working on the development of a vaccine to help counteract the swine disease, which currently affects backyard farms and some farms in localities of the Dominican Republic, according to the press release from the DR government.

Next Tuesday through the Banco Agrícola, in Sánchez Ramírez, in the municipality of Cotuí, the delivery of economic compensation will begin, according to the current market price, to producers whose pigs were slaughtered, so that they are not economically affected.

The commission reported that in Moca they identified a source of the contagion, so the authorities continue to reinforce the contingency plan to suppress the virus from the demarcation.

He added that a large team will be stationed here for the identifying, control and eradication, as well as the use of heavy machines, motor pumps, biosafety equipment and substances for vehicle disinfection in the area to be intervened.

For the execution of the plan against swine fever, the Dominican Government has the technical and financial support of the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA), FAO and USAID of the United States.

In addition to the Minister of Agriculture, the press conference held at the Espaillat Provincial Government was attended by General Juan Manuel Méndez, director of the Emergency Operations Center (COE); General Rafael Alegría, representing the Minister of Defense; the director of Animal Health, Rafael Núñez and the governor Juana Rosario, among other authorities.