Spread the message about preventing African swine fever (ASF)
- African swine fever (ASF) is currently spreading across Europe and Asia and poses a major threat to pig-producing countries that are free of the disease, such as Australia. Recent testing by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) on pork products seized at international airports and mail processing centres over a two-week period revealed that that six of 152 products tested were contaminated with ASF virus. This finding demonstrates the risk to Australia from ASF.
- You can help to keep ASF out of Australia. Do not feed meat or products containing meat to pigs – this is illegal and can cause diseases including ASF.
- Always report any unusual deaths in pigs, including feral pigs, or suspicion of ASF to your private vet, a DPIRD field vet or the Emergency Animal Disease hotline on 1800 675 888. Early detection increases our chances of eradicating the disease if it does occur here. Please share this message with your networks, including commercial and small-scale pig owners and workers and hunting groups.
- Read more on ASF on the DPIRD and DAWR webpages.