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Agri ministry says Jamaica is prepared for pig disease

Published:Thursday | October 2, 2014 | 9:45 AM

The Agriculture Ministry says Jamaica is prepared for an outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhoea which affects pigs.

The disease has already been detected in North America.

It has not been detected in Jamaica.

However, according to the Ministry, the situation is not being taken lightly and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, in collaboration with industry stakeholders, has been working with pig farmers islandwide to protect the local industry.

The chief veterinary officer of the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr Osbil Watson, is urging farmers to improve their sanitation hygiene and prevent the entry of visitors on their farms.

Porcine epidemic diarrhoea is a viral disease of swine caused by the corona virus and is characterised by watery diarrhoea and emaciation, which can result in death.

The Ministry says the disease is highly contagious in pigs.

However, it is not a not a human health or food safety concern.


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