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Ten New Cases of ASF in Namibia

by 5m Editor
11 May 2009, at 9:51am

NAMIBIA - The veterinary authorities have reported ten new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The veterinary authority in Namibia sent Follow up Report No. 1 to OIE dated 10 May. It reports ten new outbreaks of ASF since the Immediate Notification sent on 15 April.

Nine of the new ASF cases are in Outapi in Omusati region, which is in the north of the country near the border with Angola. All started in April and are now 'resolved'.

The latest outbreak was in a commercial herd at Ondangwa in the neighbouring region of Oshana. The outbreak started on 22 April and is described as 'continuing'. On the affected farm, 541 animals died and the remaining 308 were destroyed.

The report adds that part of the country is considered endemic for ASF. Pigs should be raised in biosecure pens to avoid contact with wild warthogs but most backyard-raised pigs are free-roaming and disease is spread through direct contact.

Further Reading

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