Cameroon has been attacked by a fresh outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF). Northern Cameroon has reported the first cases of the disease and it has been found that as many as 100,000 animals are likely to lose their lives to ASF.
The disease was first reported in the country in December last year, however, it was assumed to have been brought under control. But the latest reports show that there may be a fresh outbreak, which may require having hundreds of pigs slaughtered.
“I had over 200 pigs ready for the market and was planning on conveying them to the south of the country when disaster struck about a fortnight ago. The animals suddenly began dying and then the authorities issued a ban on the movement of pigs and before I knew it, they came and killed all of my livestock numbering over 300 animals. I don’t know where I go from here,” stated pig farmer Robert Ngaikoumi.
No vaccine have been found for African Swine Fever, and there are strong apprehensions that the disease could also spread to neighboring countries like Chad and Nigeria.