PRO/EAFR> African swine fever – Côte d’Ivoire: (Bas-Sassandra) pig, epidemic


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Date: Wed 2 Aug 2023 16:46 GMT
Source: Agence Ivoirienne de Presse [edited]

The Soubré regional director of animal and fishery resources,
Koutouan Henri Pierre Claver, announced the detection of the African
swine fever virus in the department of Soubré, during a meeting on
[Wednesday] 2 Aug 2023 with representatives of the local press in

“It was in July 2023 that suspicious pig deaths were reported in the
Gabon neighbourhood of the municipality of Soubré,” revealed the
regional director, indicating that as soon as the matter was referred
to him, his services launched an epidemiological investigation to
identify the health hazards involved, with the support of a local
veterinary service.

“Samples were collected on 24 Jul 2023 and sent to the national
agricultural development support laboratory (LANADA) for analysis. The
results confirmed the presence of the African swine fever (ASF) virus
in the Soubré district,” he said.

Mr. Koutouan indicated that this “unusual situation” reflects the
reappearance of African swine fever, which is a “highly contagious
disease.” According to Mr. Koutouan, the disease affects both domestic
and wild pigs, with a mortality rate of up to 100% on farms.

Faced with the seriousness of the situation, the regional directorate
of animal and fishery resources proceeded with the slaughter and
incineration of 38 animals on 2 farms. Since Mon 31 Jul [2023], after
receiving disinfection equipment from the veterinary services
department (DSV), farmers have been invited to disinfect the 2 farms
and the breeding equipment. The situation has justified the issuing of
a prefectoral decree declaring African swine fever infection in the
department of Soubré.

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