What is ASF and what animals can get it?
- A severe viral disease that affects the pig family.
- Including domesticated and feral swine, wild boars, warthogs, giant forest hogs and bush pigs.
- Spreads easily in pig herds.
Where does African Swine Fever occur?
- Mainly in African countries.
- It also occurred in Central and Eastern Europe.
- China, Russia, and the Caucasus region.
- Western Hemisphere (case is eradicated)
How can my animal get ASF?
- It is often introduced into a herd by a pig ingesting uncooked or undercooked contaminated pork products (garbage or waste).
- Rapidly spread among pigs by direct contact with an infected animal.
- Direct contact with infected body fluids (nasal, blood, feces) and tissues.
- Indirect contact with contaminated objects (vehicles, clothes, equipment, footwear). Vector (ticks, blood-sucking insects, flies).
How does ASF affect my animal?
- High fever, weakness, diarrhea, decreased appetite, skin problems (blotchy, red skin, black lesions), respiratory illness (nasal discharge, coughing, difficulty breathing), abortion.
- Death between 7-10 days.
- There are no vaccinations or treatments available.
How can I protect my animal?
- The virus is harder to spread at low temperatures and with the use of many disinfectants.
- Do not feed your animal with raw or undercooked pork products.
- Prevent contact with feral or wild hogs.
- Monitor for any signs of illness. Isolate pigs that are ill and contact a vet.
Can I get ASF? Who should I contact if my animal gets ASF?
- No, ASF does not affect humans.
- If your animal gets ASF, contact your vet immediately. ASF has never occurred in the US.
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