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More ASF Detected in Zimbabwe Swine

1 October 2015, at 12:00am

ZIMBABWE - A new outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported in Zambara, Mt Darwin, affecting 185 pigs in a communal free-range operation.

The infection is still confined to the Dande valley communal area, along the Mozambican border with local spread due to movement of infected animals and meat.

The infected areas have been placed under quarantine and movement of pigs and pig products out of the area is not allowed.

A 24 hour roadblock with veterinary and police personnel has been set up at a strategic point along the only major outlet road from the valley to prevent infection from moving out of the valley.

Awareness campaigns in the infected areas and adjacent villages are on-going. These are stressing the need to confine pigs, proper disposal carcasses by burning and burying and discouraging the trade of infected meat.

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