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USDA Suspends Movement of Hogs in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
USAgNet - 09/20/2021

Although African swine fever has not been detected on either U.S. territory, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service suspended the interstate movement of all live swine, swine germplasm, swine products and swine byproducts from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland until it can establish sufficient mitigations to authorize such movement.

It’s the final action in a series of safeguards needed to establish an ASF protection zone for the island territories.

In late July ASF was confirmed in neighboring Dominican Republic. Last month, APHIS announced its intent to establish a World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)-recognized foreign animal disease protection zone around Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to prevent ASF from being introduced there or into the United States.

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