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African swine fever
The threat of African swine fever entering Australia is becoming more realistic as news of it spreading continues.
ASF can remain active in meat products, clothing, equipment and vehicles, and is easily spread through poor biosecurity and swill feeding. Its spread to the Philippines and East Timor is highly likely to have come from travelling staff and tourists on commercial airlines.
If you see any unusual symptoms in pigs, contact your vet immediately or phone the Emergency Animal Disease Hotline at 1800 675 888. Alternatively, contact PorkSafe on 1800 084 499
Dr Lechelle van Breda is APL’s ASF coordinator. If you have any questions or concerns about ASF, your biosecurity practices or any of the below resources, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0447 099 397.
Resources to improve biosecurity preparedness are available below.