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African swine fever – latest updates and important information

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African swine fever cases continue to escalate in Asia and the virus remains a problem in central and eastern Europe. The UK is vulnerable to an outbreak, which would cause huge damage across the supply chain.

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 ASF situation in Asia and Europe and what is happening in the UK to keep the virus out.

Sep 23, 2019 - latest APHA update on ASF in South East Asia

Sep 17, 2019African swine fever confirmed in South Korea

Sep 16, 2019Minister admits ASF outbreak likely within a year - NPA demands more urgency

Sep 13, 2019Irish farmers call for ASF import ban

Sep 11, 2019China to incentivise producers to restock after African swine fever

Sep 9, 2019 - Philippines confirms African swine fever

Sep 4, 2019Record pork prices in China to fuel further export demand

Aug 27, 2019Continued decline in China's pig herd

Aug 23, 2019 - New poster targeted at students

Aug 22, 2019 - Latest situation assessment from Defra - S.E Asia and Europe

Aug 19, 2019 - More ASF confirmed in Laos

Aug 16, 2019 - ASF in Serbia

Aug 16, 2019 - Myanmar confirms first case of ASF affecting their export market to China and Thailand

Aug 7, 2019ASF awareness campaign prominent at Heathrow

Aug 5, 2019 130,000 pigs culled as ASF wreaks havoc in Bulgaria

July 31, 2019NPA welcomes new Government ASF awareness campaign

July 26, 2019 African swine fever confirmed in Slovakia for first time

July 22, 2019 17,000 pigs culled on Bulgarian pig farm due to ASF

July 18, 2019NPA calls for more resource to help keep ASF out of the UK

July 16, 2019 ASF outbreak could cost industry £85m, Government predicts

July 11, 2019NPA stresses need to up ASF controls after traces of virus found in Northern Ireland

July 4, 2019Philippines bans German pork imports over ASF fears

July 4, 2019 NPA welcomes Defra plans to step up ASF border controls

June 21, 2019Scientists announce breakthrough in search for ASF vaccine

June 20, 2019OIE confirms further spread of ASF in Asia

June 11, 2019APHA highlights ASF risk posed by Asian pork imports

June 6, 2019 ASF confirmed on farm with 8,000 pigs in Poland

June 6, 2019 Canada ASF messages a lesson to our Government

June 3, 2019ASF confirmed in North Korea as spread across Asia continues

May 29, 2019 Pirbright enters into Belgian partnership to develop ASF antiviral drugs

May 21, 2019ASF spreading across Vietnam

May 17, 2019US to test pigs for ASF as surveillance is stepped up

May 15, 2019 Pork prices to soar on the back China ASF crisis - but there could a sting in the tail

May 13, 2019African swine fever confirmed at Hong Kong slaughterhouse

May 10, 2019How China’s ASF crisis could affect the global pork sector

May 10, 2019 Researchers move step closer to wild boar ASF virus

May 9, 2019 Lorry washing campaign launched to ensure #MuckFreeTrucks

May 7, 2019UK production to rise but China effect should boost prices

See more archived stories at the bottom of this page.

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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Archived articles

April 23, 2019NPA chair highlights waste food message as Jeremy Vine focuses on African swine fever

April 23, 2019 Panic in China as ASF takes its toll

Apr 18, 2019‘Not enough pork in the whole world’ to fill China’s supply gap (Pig World article)

Apr 17, 2019Global pork production to fall by 4% on the back of China ASF woes

Apr 12, 2019World Pork Expo cancelled due to ASF fears

Apr 9, 2019 - ASF insurance questionnaire 

Apr 4, 2019Cambodia confirms first case of African swine fever

Apr 3, 2019Why good biosecurity is essential now to minimise ASF threat

Apr 2, 2019 Could China provide a silver lining as Brexit uncertainty continues?

Mar 12, 2019Pig prices in China soaring as ASF hits production

Feb 22, 2019BBC discusses ASF and feral pigs in the Forest of Dean

Feb 21, 2019African swine fever confirmed in Vietnam

Feb 18, 2019 15,000 pigs culled as CSF hits Japan

Feb 15, 2019 Arrests made as part of Belgium ASF investigation

Feb 9, 2019ASF threat – what more can be done? (Pig World article)

Feb 9, 2019The many ways African swine fever could get into our pigs (Pig World article)

Feb 7, 2019African Swine Fever in China causes pork price drop (Pig World article)

Jan 25, 2019Growing concern that ASF could reach France

Jan 23, 2019NPA urges producers to warn public about the risk of feeding pigs

Jan 21, 2019 - See Zoe discuss ASF on Countryfile

Jan 18, 2019 Australian border checks pick up ASF virus in pork products

Jan 17, 2019France plans wild boar cull

Jan 9, 2019 - China's battle to contain ASF

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