The National Service of Agricultural Health (Senasa) announced that from November 12 to 14, a contingency planning exercise will be held in the southern part of the department of Lima as part of the country's efforts to prevent the introduction of African Swine Fever (ASF).
The Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture is continuously developing these measures to prevent the entry of exotic diseases that would affect national production, and, given the possibility of ASF entering, the Senasa staff must be trained and prepared to deal with a health emergency, with particular emphasis on organizational aspects.
ASF is causing great economic losses to the Asian continent and has generated alarm about the possibility of its global spread as the disease can cause a major impact, which is why official services in ASF-free countries are making an effort to prevent its introduction.
Therefore, Senasa has organized a simulation exercise with the collaboration of international expert, Lucio Carbajo Goñi, member of the Code Commission of the World Organization for Animal Health - OIE, in conjunction with the Animal Health Division, which seeks to reduce the economic impact of health issues that would result from the entry of the virus, as well as evaluates its actions in response to health emergencies.
- ASF is very resistant to the environment, it can be transported on clothes, shoes and hands.
- Senasa and the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation maintain control measures at Jorge Chávez airport and other entry points to verify that Peruvians and visitors do not enter the country with sausages and other at-risk pork products without health authorization.
- Travelers arriving to Peru from countries affected by African swine fever should not have contact with pigs for at least the first 15 days after their return to the country.
- In case of a suspected ASF outbreak, alert the authorities by calling Senasa toll-free at: 0800-10125.
Friday, November 7, 2019/ Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation/ Peru.