African Swine Fever Detected in Dominican Republic
USGS National Wildlife Health Center Wildlife Health Bulletin 2021-01
- African Swine Fever (ASF) has been confirmed in pigs in the Dominican Republic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
- Both domestic and feral swine are susceptible to ASF and entry of this virus into the United States could have major economic implications as well as long-term ramifications for the swine industry if feral populations became a persistent reservoir for the virus.
- State, federal, and tribal natural resource professionals are encouraged to remain vigilant and report instances of sick or dead feral swine to their State Animal Health Official, the USDA Veterinary Services veterinarian in charge of the state, or the USDA Wildlife Services State Director.