May 31, 2018 / 10:03 AM / 2 months ago

African Swine Fever outbreak reported in South Africa - agriculture dept

JOHANNESBURG, May 31 (Reuters) - African Swine Fever, a severe haemorrhagic disease of pigs, has been reported in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, the department of agriculture said on Thursday.

The virus, which is not transmitted to humans, can result in “a great number of the death of pigs in a short span of time” and is transmitted by contact with infected pigs, ticks or feeding of infected swill, the department said in a statement.

Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg Editing by Ed Stoddard

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