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Vet service places ban on pig movement

By
Fatima Astanga, GNA

Bolgatanga, June 28,
GNA – The Upper East Regional Veterinary Services, has placed a ban on the
movement of pigs and pig products following an outbreak of African swine fever
in some parts of the Region.

Dr Patrick Abakeh, Regional
Veterinary Officer named the affected communities as Sirigu and its environs in
Paga in the Kassena Nankana West District and Garu District and surrounding
communities where the disease had affected and killed many pigs.

Dr Abakeh, who
confirmed the outbreak in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in
Bolgatanga, said though the disease did not affect human beings when eaten,
touching, killing, and discarding the blood of infected animals openly could be
points of contamination.

He said although the
disease could be from neighbouring Burkina Faso confining the pigs was the only
way to contain the spread.

Dr Abakeh said
collaborative efforts were ongoing with the Customs Division of Ghana Revenue
Authority to ensure that the disease did not spread.

He noted that
sensitisation of the farmers was ongoing to educate them on the disease and the
need for them to confine their pigs.

He said the disease
was highly contagious and described the symptoms as loss of appetite,
diarrhoea, colouration of skin, increased pulse, reddening of ears, tail, hind
legs and death within three to 13 days with high mortality to 100 per cent.

He said with the
alarming infection and deaths, there was the need for sub – regional
co-ordination to stamp out the disease.

Dr Abakeh noted that
pigs that survived the swine fever were lifelong carriers of the virus.

He appealed to the
public to treat the menace as serious and help to contain the spread.

GNA

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