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African swine fever detected in South Africa

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 22, 2019
Gauteng officials have warned farmers of a new outbreak of African swine fever, after it was detected in an informal set up in the Swaniesville area.
South Africa pig farm
Africa   A group of about five pig owners were affected
A group of about five pig owners were affected, the Gauteng Department for Agriculture and Rural Development said in a statement on Wednesday night.

Topics: Africa swine fever

There around 1 000 pigs in the area and the culling process was still pending.

African swine fever is a virus that affects both domestic and wild pigs. Wild pigs, such as bush pigs, warthogs and European wild boars are considered reservoirs for the disease as they don't show signs of infection, but are able to infect other pigs they come into contact with.

The disease is also spread by soft ticks that are found in warthog burrows.

Signs of the disease in animals are, among others, fever, loss of appetite, lack of energy, vomiting, diarrhoea, swollen red eyes, laboured breathing, coughing and sudden death.


 

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