August 24, 2021
ASF struck backyard farm in Dominican Republic last April
Dominican Republic was hit by an outbreak of African swine fever at a backyard farm on April 10, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
Laboratory results also indicate that several outbreaks occurred on backyard farms in the country in May and June. Outbreaks have been reported in at least 10 of the 31 provinces. According to previous reports from the Dominican Republic's Official Commission for the Control and Eradication of Outbreaks of African Swine Fever, the disease has been detected in more provinces.
The Georgia 2007 wild-type strain, genotype 2, was detected in the sequencing.
Genotype 2 ASF viruses derived from the Georgia 2007 strain are currently circulating in Europe and Asia.
ASF cases that occurred in the Dominican Republic in 1978 and until their eradication in 1981 were attributed to ASF virus genotype 1.