Ecuador: Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus outbreak

Posted on May 19, 2017 • Filed under: Agriculture, Ecuador, Ecuador Emergency / The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reported an outbreak of the disease known as ‘Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus’ in the town of Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, central Ecuador province. Because of the evil, said the entity, it was necessary to sacrifice the seven infected animals in the outbreak, presented on a farm.

It was reported that it is the first time that this disease appears in that country. “The event was presented in a commercial farm, dedicated to the breeding and fattening of pigs destined for slaughter,” said the OIE.

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The disease is mandatory reporting to the OIE, in accordance with the Terrestrial Animal Health Code of that entity.

It is worth remembering that the disease was discovered relatively recently, in 1987, after the presentation in animals of signs such as reproductive problems, pneumonia and increased susceptibility to several secondary bacterial infections.

According to the Animal Protection Deputy of the ICA, the focus is not very close to the border with Colombia.

For this reason, the organization recommended that pig farmers reinforce herds biosecurity measures and buy the animals in recognized locations.
“That disease is present in Colombia,” the institute added.

Carlos Maya, president of the pig farmers guild, Pork Colombia, indicated that they are working on a program to eradicate and control the disease, a process that began on the farms of porcine genetics, in order to halt its spread.

“The disease is of high cost to the producers, but its incidence has diminished and in fact, we have regions where it has not been reported for some years, like the Valle del Cauca.

“The fact that happens in Ecuador we are worried about the commercial flow of the southwest of the country,” concluded Carlos Maya. Read Article


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