The presence of African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed at a swine farm in Chad. According to a report from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) there were 96 cases of ASF at the farm in Ville De NJamena, in Western Chad. A total of 77 of the 96 ASF cases were fatal.

A total of 500 pigs at the farm were susceptible.

The outbreak was confirmed by the OIE, after tests conducted at a national laboratory by the Livestock Research Institute for Development (IRED) from Farcha, conducted on September 19, came back positive. The origin of the outbreak, which was first suspected on September 3, has not yet been determined.

According to the OIE, control measures used included movement control inside the country. No vaccinations or treatment of affected animals were conducted. There are plans for additional control measures, which include stamping out and disinfection of the infected premises.

The outbreak marks the first time in nearly two years that ASF has been confirmed in Chad. The last occurrence was reported on December 31, 2012.

Animal health organizations are continuing to monitor the situation in Chad. OIE stated that it will submit follow-up reports concerning the ASF outbreak.