The Ivorian authorities have undertaken the slaughter of 3,000 pigs in the port city of San Pedro, 300 km west of Abidjan, official sources said on Monday. They detected an outbreak of African swine fever there, a disease that does not represent a danger to humans.
Some 1,750 pigs also died from this epizootic between its start in June in Côte d’Ivoire and the end of August, said Mamadou Ouattara, senior official at the Ministry of Animal and Fisheries Resources.
“Most of the animals to be slaughtered, within a radius of ten kilometers, are not contaminated, but it is an operation to prevent the spread of the disease”, explained this veterinarian. He added that the slaughter, started a week ago, would be “systematic”.
The outbreak of the epizootic would be linked to the docking, a few months ago, of a Lithuanian boat in San Pedro, Côte d’Ivoire’s second port. “The rest of the food on board this ship was administered to the Ivorian animals,” Ouattara observed.
Thousands of pigs were slaughtered this summer in Lithuania following confirmed cases of African swine fever at a giant breeding farm. There is no vaccine against this highly contagious viral disease, according to Ouattara.
Côte d’Ivoire recorded its first epizootic of swine fever in 1996, which killed more than 100,000 pigs. The authorities then had to invest 1.8 billion FCFA (about 3.3 million francs) to solve the problem.