African swine fever hits Bel­gium

Country Smallholding - - November News -

AFRICAN SWINE fever (ASF), a highly con­ta­gious and of­ten fa­tal virus that af­fects pigs and wild boar, has been iden­ti­fied in Bel­gium.

The main clin­i­cal signs are fever, loss of ap­petite, lack of en­ergy and/or sud­den death with few signs be­fore­hand. ASF can be spread by pigs eat­ing con­tam­i­nated meat or meat prod­ucts, con­tact with in­fected pigs or their fae­ces or body flu­ids, con­tact with any­thing con­tam­i­nated with the virus, in­clud­ing peo­ple and their cloth­ing, or ve­hi­cles and other equip­ment.

All pig keep­ers are be­ing urged have a con­tin­gency plan in place and to en­sure that their biose­cu­rity is tight. ASF is a no­ti­fi­able an­i­mal dis­ease. If you sus­pect it, you must re­port it im­me­di­ately by call­ing the De­fra Ru­ral Ser­vices Helpline, tel: 03000 200 301. Fail­ure to re­port ASF is an of­fence.

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