ASF
SAPPO has reached out to the community to assist in the control of the outbreak by informing them about biosecurity measures that need to be taken in swine farming. Photo: SAPPO

African Swine Fever (ASF) was first reported in the Western Cape in February 2021. It was then confirmed at two smallholding farms in Mfuleni, north of Khayelitsha. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (DoA) has now confirmed the outbreak of ASF in KwaNonqaba, Mossel Bay.

According to Mossel Bay Advertiser, it was confirmed on 13 January and an estimated 75 swine have already died. The area is now under quarantine and in order to prevent the spread of ASF to other areas, swine may not be removed from the area. 

In a newsletter, the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) said the organisation has reached out to the community to assist in the control of the outbreak. They informed the community of biosecurity measures that need to be taken in swine farming.

This was led by SAPPO’s Dr Cilliers Louw and the newly appointed state veterinarian, Dr Leana Janse van Rensburg. Dr Louw said the municipality and the local SPCA are trying hard to assist the affected farmers and other producers in surrounding areas.

ASF has spread widely across the globe, also being reported across Europe and Asia. According to Pig Progress, ASF has swept through the Asian continent in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mongolia, North Korea, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Korea, East Timor, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It was also recently reported in Thailand. In Europe it has been reported in Italy, Germany, Poland and Belgium. The disease is also continuously spreading in Russia. – Ursula Human, AgriOrbit