The Agricultural Research Council Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (ARC OVI) has confirmed two separate cases of African Swine Fever on 9 June to Veterinary Services.
These cases are in one communal set up in Ipelegeng Township near Schweizer Reneke, in the North West and on a farm near Koffiefontein, in the Free State.
“In both cases a large number of pigs started showing signs suspicious of the disease and the vets were called out to investigate. Samples were collected and submitted to the ARC OVI since African Swine Fever is always on the top of the suspect list. The two cases seem likely not to be related,” the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said on Friday.
The department has urged pig owners to be very vigilant, particularly in areas surrounding the affected areas.
“Contact between wild pigs and domestic pigs should be avoided as the disease readily transmits between infected pigs.
“Feeding of swill is prohibited by the Animal Diseases Act unless it is cooked to kill all bacteria and viruses that may be transmitted to pigs,” the department said.