June 1, 2020


South Africa conducts African swine fever tests to prevent spread of the disease


Extensive African swine fever (ASF) tests and investigations are being conducted by South Africa's agriculture ministry to prevent the spread of the disease after a third outbreak was discovered in East Cape province, Reuters reported.


The Agriculture ministry said epidemiological investigations are being conducted, along with site visitations to find out how widespread the ASF outbreak is in the country.


Positive ASF detections have been reported in two villages, with more tests results awaiting results.


Another ASF outbreak was reported in Free State province on May 15. 38 swine died due to the disease.


ASF has decimated about 40% of China's swine herd since it was first detected there in August 2018 and has been detected in parts of Asia as well as Europe.


-      Reuters