African Swine Fever
This Transboundary Animal Disease (TAD) can be spread by live or dead pigs, and pork products. It can also be spread in food scraps and food waste generated by air and sea vessels. Transmission can also occur via contaminated feed and fomites (non-living objects) such as shoes, clothes, vehicles, knives, equipment etc., due to the high environmental resistance of the ASF virus. Individuals therefore have an important role in controlling the spread of ASF.)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries wishes to inform the national community that there has been an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Dominican Republic as reported on July 28th, 2021. The ASF is a highly contagious haemorrhagic viral disease found in pigs. It has a mortality (death) rate of up to 100% in pigs and can therefore have serious economic impacts in countries that rely heavily on pig production and pork exports.