South Africa conducts massive testing to stem the spread of African Swine Fever

Apart from the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa is also dealing with the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak which is claimed to be the third outbreak in the year 2020.

The Government of South Africa has said that the country is conducting extensive testing and investigations to curb the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) after it was detected in the country’s Eastern Cape province.

Apart from Eastern Cape province, a separate outbreak was reported on May 15 in the Free State, after 38 pigs died on a farm.

The Agricultural Ministry said that it was conducting extensive epidemiological investigations and visiting affected areas to establish the extent of the outbreak. By far two villages have seen positive cases for the virus with more test results awaited.

African Swine Fever (ASF) is potentially harmless to humans but is highly contagious and deadly in pigs and as there is no available vaccine for African swine fever or drugs to treat it, the affected pigs are killed in large number to curb the spread of the virus.

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