African Swine fever outbreak in Eastern Cape: There has been an outbreak of African swine flue in South Africa recently with almost 50 pigs dying in Eastern Cape. Amathole district is the most hit in the province
The virus had been long gone and its resurfacing for the first time in three years in the province.
The Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Department said is still investigating the spread of African swine fever in South Africa the pigs that have succumbed to the disease. Pigs in the area have been quarantined and the department is monitoring to ensure there is no movement of pigs from the affected areas.
The disease is highly contagious to pigs and has almost a 100% fatality rate to all infected pigs. The infection killed hundreds of pigs in the Bali Island in Indonesia in January and February this year.
According to the World Health for Animal Health, African swine fever (ASF) is a severe viral disease affecting domestic and wild pigs, It is responsible for serious production and economic losses, his transboundary animal disease (TAD) can be spread by live or dead pigs, domestic or wild, and pork products.
The disease is not infectious to humans and the outbreak of African Swine Fever in Eastern Cape can be regarded as low risk to humans.