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Dominican Republic to cull thousands of pigs after African swine fever cases

Christian Fernsby |
Tens of thousands of pigs will be culled after African swine fever was detected in the Dominican Republic amid news that the UK government conducted an exercise to respond to any future outbreak.

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African swine fever (ASF) was detected in 11 provinces in the Caribbean nation prompting the slaughter of ‘tens of thousands of pigs’ to control the virus, according to a Reuters report.

Two outbreaks in separate provinces involving more than 800 animals were officially confirmed last week, although one of the outbreaks is believed to have started on 1 July.

However, it is now reported that the authorities sent 389 samples from pig farms to U.S. laboratories after registering the widespread death of animals in three provinces in the last month.

This resulted in the detection of outbreaks in 11 of the country's 32 provinces, the Dominican Republic's authorities said on Monday.

They said the only way to stop the disease was to cull the entire pig population in farms where it had been detected.

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