Brazil reports the first case of CSF in years
Brazilian authorities confirmed the outbreak of Classical Swine Fever in the city of Forquilho, in the northern state of Ceara, outside of the disease-free zone recognized by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
The disease was confirmed in a backyard farm comprising 130 pigs, of which 115 got sick and 112 have died. Culling and destroying the animals were the first measures taken by the local authorities and now "an investigation will take place in a 10 km radius and also in all properties with some epidemiological link", according to a statement from the ministry.
Recognised by the OIE this year, Brazil’s CSF-free zone covers 17 states and concentrates more than 95% of Brazilian pig population but Ceara is not one of them. The total export of Brazilian products and pigs comes from this free zone that has not been affected by CSF since January 1998. The last time CSF occurred in Brazilian territories outside the free zone was in October 2009. A CSF outbreak was also reported last month in Japan.
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