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African Swine Fever Outbreak, More Than 400 Pigs Killed

By Aboagye Addo Frank / Published on Wednesday, 05 Jul 2017 11:14 AM / No Comments / 85 views

The Veterinary Services Department has announced an outbreak of African swine fever among pigs in four regions in the country.

According to the department, the affected regions are Greater Accra, Eastern, Volta and Ashanti regions and there are plans to prevent it from spreading to other parts.

So far, more than 400 pigs have been killed between May and June this year in the Ashanti region.

In an interview with the media, the National Director for Veterinary Services Department, Dr. Kenneth Gbeddy said they have made efforts to disinfect the affected areas to prevent the spread of the disease.

He however conceded that there is no vaccine against the African swine fever.

“There is no treatment and no vaccine to protect against it…so the only option is to destroy and then clean and disinfect the place.”

“It has been identified in other parts of the country. We are trying as much as possible to keep it from spreading.”

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