Source: Kathryn Tonita, Animal Health and Welfare Specialist, Livestock Branch, December 2018,

African Swine Fever (ASF) is a severe viral disease that spreads through direct and indirect contact and can cause high rates of death in pigs; however, it does not affect humans.

It is currently spreading among domestic pigs and wild boar in Africa, Asia and parts of Europe. China reported its first case of ASF in August 2018, with subsequent rapid spread throughout the country. The disease was also detected for the first time in Belgium in early September. To date, there have been no cases in Canada, the United States or Mexico.

Even though the disease is infecting pigs on the other side of the world, the Canadian and Saskatchewan swine herd is still at risk.

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