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Namibia: Ten new cases of African swine fever

Veterinary authorities with in Namibia have reported ten new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF).

The Namibian veterinary authority sent a follow up report to the World Organisation for Animal Health reporting ten new outbreaks of ASF since the Immediate Notification sent on 15 April.

Nine of the new ASF cases are in Outapi in Omusati region, which is in the north of the country near the border with Angola. All started in April and are now 'resolved'.

The latest outbreak was in a commercial herd at Ondangwa in the neighbouring region of Oshana. The outbreak started on 22 April and is described as 'continuing'. On the affected farm, 541 animals died and the remaining 308 were destroyed.

The report adds that part of the country is considered endemic for ASF. Pigs should be raised in biosecure pens to avoid contact with wild warthogs but most backyard-raised pigs are free-roaming and disease is spread through direct contact.

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