Due to the outbreak of African swine fever in the Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Development of Panama recently issued an animal husbandry health alert and announced that it will take immediate measures to prevent the African swine fever virus from entering Panama.
Panama’s”Panama Las Americas” reported on July 31 that the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Development of Panama, Augusto Valderrama (Augusto Valderrama) recently stated that the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Development has issued an animal husbandry health alert to Prevent Dominica’s African swine fever virus from entering Panama via transportation.
It is reported that after various transportation vehicles have loaded or transported infected pigs and pig products, once they are not properly disinfected, they will become a source of transmission of African swine fever. At the same time, the virus may also hide in people’s hair, hats, clothes, footwear, skin, etc. Therefore, people who have been in contact with live pigs or pork products that have developed African swine fever may also spread the epidemic.
Valderrama pointed out that African swine fever previously only occurred in parts of Asia and Europe, but now it occurs in Dominica. Since there are many flights from Dominica to Panama and the flow of people is very intensive, measures must be taken to prevent African swine fever from causing a devastating blow to Panama’s pig production.
Valderrama said that Panama has set up an emergency committee composed of the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Development, Ministry of Health, Customs and other departments, and carried out biosafety inspection operations on farms, slaughterhouses, ports and airports. At the same time, Panama also bans the import of live pigs and any pork products from countries where African swine fever occurs.
Valderama pointed out that Panama has the ability to conduct laboratory tests on any pigs with suspected symptoms of African swine fever, and the results can be obtained within a few hours.