Thursday, March 16, 2006

Western Cape government acts to prevent spread of swine fever

The Western Cape government is to mount two roadblocks to prevent the spread of classical Swine Fever to the province. The disease has been detected at Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape where at least one thousand pigs will be culled this week. Provincial authorities intend keeping roadblocks on the N2 and on the R62 for the next six months. No live pigs are allowed to move into or out of the affected areas and no pork products are allowed out of the restricted areas. There is no evidence that swine fever poses a public health risk, but pigs that have been infected by the virus should not be consumed.


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