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Mexico rules out African swine fever, classical swine fever viruses

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Presence of infectious agents such as circovirus type II, Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and Pasterella multocida, as well as salmonella, was confirmed.

Mexico's National Service for Agrifood Health, Safety and Quality (Senasica) technicians have ruled out the presence of African swine fever and classical swine fever viruses, after a mortality event the last week of December at a slaughterhouse in Tepic, Nayarit. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the presence of infectious agents such as circovirus type II, Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and Pasterella multocida, as well as salmonella, was confirmed.

On Dec. 25, the agriculture agency received notification of pig mortality in the municipal slaughterhouse, so personnel from the General Directorate of Animal Health went to the establishment to inspect the animals and collect the necessary samples for the laboratory diagnosis.

Veterinary doctors from the Mexico-United States Commission for the prevention of foot-and-mouth disease and other exotic animal diseases (CPA) transferred the samples to the Senasica's national animal health laboratories, which have state-of-the-art technology and the highest biosafety standards.

The Nayarit government, through the health services, determined, as a precautionary measure, to slaughter the 220 animals that were in the establishment, in order to protect pork consumers and prevent the spread of pathogens.

The animals were then limed and buried in a pit, a procedure in which the necessary sanitary measures were applied to prevent the spread of infectious agents.

The agriculture agency stressed that the effective and timely attention to this health problem was possible thanks to the immediate notification of local authorities, for which it invited producers, marketers and the general public to report any suspicion of diseases of pigs.

Source: Mexico Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, which is solely responsible for the information provided, and wholly owns the information. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset. The opinions of this writer are not necessarily those of Farm Progress/Informa.

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