African Swine Fever is a serious virus that spread from Africa across the world. ASF has already killed pigs in PNG and could damage the nation’s way of life.
African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral disease that affects domestic and wild pigs. There is no approved vaccine for ASF, and the disease results in serious economic and production loss. ASF causes domestic and wild pigs to become ill and can cause death. To stop the spread of ASF, good farm biosecurity, husbandry and hygiene practices are important. Implementation of appropriate biosecurity policies put in place by government authorities is also vital to limit spread between villages, districts, and provinces.
This transboundary animal disease (TAD) can be spread by live or dead pigs, domestic or wild pigs, and infected pork products. Transmission can also occur via contaminated feed and fomites (non-living objects which are likely to carry infection) such as shoes, clothes, vehicles, knives, and farm equipment.
There is currently no treatment or vaccine for ASF. NAQIA advises good biosecurity, husbandry and hygiene practices on farm. NAQIA further advises of movement restrictions in place for live pigs. Please seek advise and get a permit from NAQIA should you wish to move pigs.
NAQIA also continues to protect our borders by conducting import risk assessments and inspections on all products imported into PNG. This ensures PNG’s biosecurity is protected.
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