Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development - Pig Biosecurity Alert
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has issued a Pig Biosecurity Alert following the spread of African swine fever throughout Europe, China, South East Asia and most recently in Timor Leste, with the disease posing a major threat to Australian pigs.
The disease is a highly contagious virus that usually causes high death rates in pigs and there is no vaccination available. It does not affect people.
The most likely way that African swine fever and other devastating exotic diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease could be introduced to Australia is through illegally imported meat products being fed to pigs.
The Department urges pig owners to immediately review and reinforce their biosecurity measures to prevent African swine fever in pigs. In particular:
- Review your pig feed practices to ensure your feed cannot introduce African swine fever. Also securely fence farm dumps to exclude feral pigs from accessing food waste.
- Ensure feral pigs cannot access domestic pigs or pig facilities through appropriate segregation and fencing.
- Ensure that farm visitors and staff do not have contact with your pigs if they have been overseas in the previous seven days.
- Familiarise yourself with the signs of African swine fever and call your vet or the emergency animal disease hotline immediately on 1800 675 888 if you suspect the disease.
- If you suspect swill is being fed to pigs, call your local Department biosecurity officer or vet or the hotline on 1800 675 888.
For more information visit the Department’s website.