SA pigs in trouble


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JOHANNESBURG – South Africa confirmed on Friday two separate cases of African Swine Fever, a highly contagious haemorrhagic fever among pigs, which the government said could affect the trade of pigs and pig products.

“If the disease gets into the wild pig population, we may end up with an endemic situation being created, which will result in outbreaks being reported periodically and affecting trade of pigs and pig products from the country,” the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said in a statement.

The government said it had set up a control zone to prevent contact between domestic pigs and warthogs so as to contain the disease.

– Reuters

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