April 2, 2020

Would you recognise the symptoms of African Swine Fever in domestic or feral pigs?

The deadly disease – which affects pigs but not humans – has been detected in some of Australia’s nearest neighbours and authorities are working hard to keep it out of the country.

Currently ASF is not present in Australia but early detection and reporting will be essential to protect the local pork industry.

Symptoms of ASF include:

  • Signs of incoordination;
  • Reluctancy to move and lying down;
  • Redness or blue botching of the skin on ears, nose and limbs; and
  • Nasal and eye discharges.

If you think you have seen either a feral or domestic pig displaying any of the above symptoms, immediately contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13-25-23.

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