Dakar, Apr 22 (APS) – The Ministry of Animal Husbandry and Animal Production declares that it has been informed of suspicions reporting the appearance, since March 20, of 30 foci of rabbit haemorrhagic disease in Dakar, Pikine and Thiès.
‘’ Suspected outbreaks of rabbit hemorrhagic disease have been reported in the departments of Dakar, Pikine and Thiès since March 30, 2020. As of April 21, 2020, a total of 30 outbreaks have been reported. The other regions have not yet reported any cases, » the same source said.
The Ministry of Livestock reports that of 562 rabbits, 521 have been infected, of which 401 have died from the disease. Morbidity and mortality rates are 92.70% and 71.35% respectively, he said.
‘’ Indeed, rabbit hemorrhagic disease, caused by a calicivirus, is highly contagious and fatal. However, it is not transmissible to humans, so it is not a zoonosis », reassures the press release.
To prevent the spread of the disease, the Ministry of Livestock says it has taken several precautionary measures.
He therefore requested the alerting of agents to ensure regular reporting of cases, then the sending of the first samples to the Institut Pasteur in Dakar, due to the temporary closure of the national Livestock and veterinary research laboratory. from Dakar.
The Ministry of Animal Husbandry and Animal Production has also focused on raising the awareness of breeders encountered during the fact-finding mission to the department of Thiès. Emphasis was placed on the implementation of biosecurity measures in animal husbandry, including quarantine, burial, incineration, cleaning, disinfection and separation of species.
It also provided disinfectants to the regional livestock and animal production departments of Thiès and Dakar affected by the disease.