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African swine fever detected in Haiti

African swine fever has been detected in Haiti.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says while unfortunate, this detection is not a surprise due to the spread of ASF in the Dominican Republic.

National Pork Producers Council chief veterinarian Dr. Liz Wagstrom tells Brownfield the disease was identified close to the Dominican border and says ASF has now infected more than 20 of the Republic’s 32 provinces.

“They are starting to do their own testing in the laboratory that USDA set up for them so that those results will be coming out of that lab, especially as they’re looking at containment and control.”

APHIS issued a statement Tuesday saying it has numerous safeguards in place to prevent ASF from entering the United States and will continue to support response and mitigation efforts in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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