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African swine fever identified in wild boar in Belgium

Posted on: 18 September 2018

African swine fever has been identified in some wild boar in Belgium.

Information about the disease – including the GB Disease Control Strategy which will underpin the government response if disease did arrive here – can be found on the GOV.UK website.

The threat/risk level to the UK has been temporarily raised to medium – this will remain in place for as long as there is evidence the disease continues to circulate.

Be vigilant for signs of the disease in your pigs – see pictures showing clinical signs of the disease.

African swine fever is a notifiable disease. If you suspect it you must report it immediately on the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.

The best way to prevent inadvertent spreading of disease is to follow basic biosecurity principles.

Remember, it is illegal to feed catering waste of any description, or domestic food waste, to your pigs. This is because of the risk of spreading disease.