African swine fever kills 61 pigs in Northern Namibia

On Tuesday, April 28, a Northern Namibia government veterinary official announced that the region has been hit by an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) which has killed 61 pigs and infected nearly 200 animals.

Josephat Peter, a state veterinarian based in the Omusati region some 516 kilometres north of the capital Windhoek, said the outbreak there was discovered last week. “So far, the disease has killed 61 pigs with close to 200 more reported to have contracted the disease,” Peter said.

ASF is known to be a highly contagious and deadly viral disease affecting both domestic and wild pigs of all ages. It spreads very quickly and kills most pigs that come in contact with it.

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Source: Ventures Africa