Tanzania hit with swine disease

03-03-2008 | |

Tanzanian authorities have reported the outbreak of a deadly viral swine disease that has killed nearly 140 pigs in two regions in less than two weeks.

The outbreak was first reported on February, 20. The livestock and fisheries ministry ordered the movement of pigs and pork products to be highly restricted to control the spread of the disease, as well as the destruction of pigs in the affected regions.

The disease first hit Tanzania in 1993. In this latest outbreak, 117 pigs died in the central region of Morogoro and while 21 others died in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

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