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African swine fever – latest updates and important information

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In the past few weeks, African swine fever has been confirmed in Belgium, while cases have continued to escalate in central and eastern Europe. Meanwhile, China is battling to contain the virus since it was discovered in the country for the first time in early August.

The NPA is urging everyone who keeps pigs and all those connected to the pig industry to be extra vigilant in keeping the disease out but also to be prepared in case the worst does happen.  

Latest situation 

We are providing regular updates on our website about the worsening ASF situation in Europe and beyond.

Dec 6, 2018 - Defra updates African swine fever advice 

Dec 4, 2018Watch Zoe explain the impact of African swine fever

Nov 30, 2018 Eustice outlines Government ASF preparations

Nov 29, 2018African swine fever awareness videos posted on YouTube

Nov 28, 2018 Defra publishes updated notifiable disease contingency plan

Nov 21, 2018NPA spreads ASF message in Times article

Nov 16, 2018 Hauliers urged to take action to reduce risk of ASF reaching the UK

Nov 12, 2018 - ASF virus detected in pig feed in China

Nov 8, 2018 Belgian ASF outbreak prompts debate over wild boar numbers

Nov 8, 2018Review your unit's biosecurity in light of ASF threat (Pig World Veterinary View comment)

Oct 31, 2018 Belgian authorities planning wild boar cull

Oct 25, 2018 – NPA urges Government to keep biosecurity guard up after we leave the EU

Oct 22, 2018 - African swine fever detected in southern China for first time

Oct 19, 2018 - Belgium Government releases €1m for ASF cull

Oct 16, 2018 - ASF case study on Chinese farm (very useful article on Pigs 333 website)

Oct 15, 2018ASF confirmed on 20,000-pig farm in China

Oct 12, 2018France to build fence to keep African swine fever out

Oct 11, 2018 - Confirmed ASF cases in Belgium rises to 75

Oct 8, 2018 - Did soldiers bring African swine fever to Belgium?

Oct 4, 2018Health officials 'very worried' as African swine fever spreads in Europe and Asia (CNN article)

Oct 4, 2018 Can China contain African swine fever?

Oct 4, 2018 Keeping African swine fever out of the UK (Pig World feature) 

Oct 4, 2018 ASF reaches western Europe – what it means for the UK pig sector (Pig World feature)

Oct 3, 2018More wild boar confirmed with African swine fever in Belgium

Sept 24, 2018Belgium to cull 4,000 pigs to control African swine fever

Sept 21, 2018Belgian pork exports banned in 13 countries following ASF outbreaks

Sept 20, 2018 New African swine fever section on NPA website (plus update from Belgium)

Sept 18, 2018 - 'Limited' risk of ASF infecting domestic pigs - Belgian authorities

Sept 17, 2018 UK African swine fever risk level unchanged

Sept 14, 2018African swine fever in Belgium - NPA statement 

Sept 14, 2018Keeping African swine fever out of the UK pig herd

Sept 14, 2018France implementing 'rigorous' action plan to keep ASF out

Sept 13, 2018African swine fever confirmed in Belgium

Sept 7, 2018Chinese ASF cases rise to 13 as UN holds emergency meeting

Sept 3, 2018ASF risk levels raised following Romania outbreaks

Sept 3, 2018 China imposes transport restrictions after sixth ASF outbreak confirmed

Aug 29, 2018Movement of products likely to be cause of ASF spread in China - FAO

Aug 21, 2018China confirms third case of African swine fever

Aug 20, 2018China steps up ASF surveillance after two outbreaks confirmed

Aug 17, 2018Second ASF case detected in China

Aug 3, 2018African Swine Fever has reached China


NPA Actions 

The NPA is taking a multi-faceted approach: 

  • Communication - we are communicating with producers and the allied industry to get across the key messages about keeping the disease out, including ensuring pigs are not fed food waste and that pig keepers ensure visitors to have not had recent contact with affected regions (more details below).
  • Contingency planning - While we must remain optimistic that we can keep the virus out of the UK, the NPA is urging all pig producers to consider their contingency plans in the event that the virus does make it here. This would result in the imposition of movement controls and other restrictions (more details below).
  • Feral boar - The NPA is concerned about the risk of disease spread posed by feral boar, particularly in the Forest of Dean. We will continue to discuss the situation with Defra and to work with other organisations in and around the forest to raise awareness of the risks.
  • Border controls - We are urging the Government to ensure it does its bit at our border control points to keep potentially infected meat out of the UK. 

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Important links

Biosecurity and waste food

  • A summary of the key messages for keeping African swine fever out of the UK can be viewed on the NPA website here
  • Defra-APHA summarise the symptoms and provide biosecurity advice here 
  • A campaign to highlight the dangers of swill feeding and more information can be found on this link. All pig keepers and the public must ensure pigs are not fed catering waste, kitchen scraps or pork products. Feeding of meat products to feral pigs is also illegal.

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Symptoms and contingency planning 

African swine fever symptoms

ASF resources

  • A Defra-APHA poster for pig keepers summarising actions they can take can be downloaded here
  • AHDB has set up an African swine fever hub that includes advice on symptoms and biosecurity and a useful video. You can view it here.
  • It includes a link to a range of resources and posters that can be downloaded, printed out and displayed on farms. 
  • APHA's assessments of the disease situation in central and eastern Europe can be viewed here
  • Click here to view an extraordinary video charting the spread of ASF across Europe over the past decade. It is well worth a view!

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