Outbreak of African swine fever detected in North West farm

An outbreak of African swine fever has killed 32 out of a herd of 36 pigs on a farm in the Ditsobotla district, North West.
An outbreak of African swine fever has killed 32 out of a herd of 36 pigs on a farm in the Ditsobotla district, North West.
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SA has detected an outbreak of African swine fever on a farm in North West province, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from the SA agriculture ministry.

The outbreak killed 32 out of a herd of 36 pigs on a farm in the Ditsobotla district, North West, with the remaining animals slaughtered, the report said.

The outbreak occurred outside SA's control zone for the disease and may be linked to contact with wild animals, the report said.

The disease is incurable in pigs but harmless to humans. It has spread across China since last year, causing major losses to the world's largest hog herd.

Reuters

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