Swine Fever
Swine Fever

The number of provinces which suffer from African Swine Fever outbreak has risen to four, said South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Monday.

African Swine Fever was initially identified in North West and has spread to Mpumalanga and Gauteng. The latest province to be affected by the outbreak is the Free State.

The origins of the outbreak are still being investigated.

Mpho Maja from the agriculture department told Xinhua that areas with the outbreak are quarantined.

“To contain it, we are working with the South African Pork Producers, that’s an ongoing work. We also advise what pig keepers should be doing to deal with it,” she said.

Maja said that the same virus is responsible for the outbreak in all these regions.

Speaking to Xinhua about the outbreak, Johan Coetzee from the South African Pork Producers’ Organization said that small scale farmers have been hit the hardest by the outbreak.

“I just came from a farm where the latest Free State outbreak was identified, depopulation will take place on Wednesday. We are worried about the impact this will have on small scale farmers,” he said.

Coetzee said that the outbreak which occurred in April has resulted in hundreds of animals being slaughtered. He said they were working with the agriculture department to prevent the disease from spreading to more farms and regions.

“We need to stop the virus, we don’t want it to spread further,” he said.

The Agriculture department has requested farmers to be cautious and report any illness and deaths of their pigs to veterinarians. Enditem

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