ASF enters America through the Dominican Republic
African Swine Fever has reached the American region through the Dominican Republic. So far, local authorities and USDA experts are investigating 389 suspicious samples, of which 273 have been confirmed and transmitted to OIE as ASF outbreaks.
The outbreak has occurred in an area located between the Sánchez Ramírez and Montecristi provinces, and it is considered that it may affect, in the absence of appropriate analyzes, 842 animals, including farm animals and those raised by families in the backyard. In total, these provinces have 15,000 and 4,600 pigs, respectively. The country's pig herd does not exceed two million pigs.
Despite the fact that the Dominican Republic is not an important player in the region's pork market, this is a signal of alert for other countries such as Brazil, the US and Canada which are well-positioned in the international market.
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