African Swine Flu outbreak confirmed in Western Cape

Cape Town — The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has confirmed a new outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) and called on all farmers to implement strict measures to protect their livestock. The Department confirmed that the outbreak was found in Groeneweide Park in George, on the Western Cape’s Garden Route. Initial reports suggested that 45 pigs have died from... Read more → The post African Swine Flu outbreak confirmed in Western Cape appeared first on African Insider.

African Swine Flu outbreak confirmed in Western Cape

Cape Town — The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has confirmed a new outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) and called on all farmers to implement strict measures to protect their livestock.

The Department confirmed that the outbreak was found in Groeneweide Park in George, on the Western Cape’s Garden Route. Initial reports suggested that 45 pigs have died from the disease so far and the area has been placed under quarantine, IOL reported.

“It is estimated that about 45 pigs have died thus far with about 250 pigs remaining in the area. The area has been placed under quarantine and community members have been urged to not remove any pigs or pig products from the area to prevent further spread of the disease,” the department said.

According to Western Cape Agriculture Department’s spokesperson, Daniel Johnson, the virus is specific to pigs only, and does not affect humans, nor other animals. He confirmed that pork products are still safe for consumption, SABC News reported.

“Pigs slaughtered at abattoirs have undergone meat inspection and the meat is safe for human consumption. The department calls on all pig owners to implement strict biosecurity to protect their livestock from this disease and to call their nearest State Veterinary Office should farmers have any concerns.” he said.

State Veterinarian Dr Leana Janse van Rensburg. said good biosecurity measures can prevent the spread of African Swine Fever.

“he following measures are critical to minimising the spread: All carcasses should be disposed of safely. Pigs should be confined to prevent roaming and potentially picking up and spreading the disease. Hands, shoes, clothing and equipment should be sanitised before and after being in contact with a pig, so people do not spread the virus between animals. Any meat products should be thoroughly cooked before being fed to pigs.” she said.

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