The spread of the swine flu whose ban was announced a few days ago in the West region, has made Governor Adolphe Lele L’Afrique of the Northwest and other officials of the sector, seek ways to curb an imminent surge of the infection in the region.
Movement and transportation of pigs in and out of the Northwest Region have been prohibited. Livestock administrators who are playing a key role in managing the situation, have indicated that the temporary ban is one of several measures taken to contain the spread of the swine flu.
At the main entrance into the Northwest, security and livestock officials are closely checking to ensure that people do not get into the region with pigs. The Regional delegate of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries, Dr Walter Dasi, indicated that the checks are not only done at the entrance but also within the region especially in the Mezam and Momo divisions that are highly affected.
“We have a list of the farms that were affected. If we are actually sure that this farm was not affected, this pig is coming from this person. If we have a healthy pig from there, they slaughter it” the Livestock delegate hinted.
Betatinz had earlier reported about the outbreak in the West region, which seems to be badly affecting the swine business sector across the country. For now, consumers have simply been cautioned to be careful about where they buy pork.