African Swine Fever

African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral disease of domestic and wild pigs.

There is a risk of it being introduced to Australia in imported pig products.

African Swine Fever recently detected in Europe and China

ASF has recently spread from Russia (and Europe) into China in September and October 2018 where four geographically separate cases were detected in a short period of time, indicating rapid spread.

Reminders for pig owners - pigs must not be fed swill

Producers and the public are reminded that pigs must not be fed or allowed to eat:

  • meat or meat products
  • anything that has come into contact with meat or meat products
  • imported dairy products

These products are also known as ‘swill'. See what you can and can't feed your pigs on the swill feed page.

Swill feeding is illegal in Australia because of the risk of exotic diseases like ASF and Foot and Mouth Disease, being introduced through illegally imported product.

Good on-farm biosecurity is essential for keeping your animals healthy and free from disease. Find out more at farmbiosecurity.com.au.

Symptoms to look out for

Producers with infected stock experience a high degree of disease in their pigs which is characterised by:

  • skin blotching
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • high mortalities.

Humans are not susceptible to ASF.

How to report suspect disease

If ASF is suspected, producers should contact either:

  • the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 (available 24 hours)
  • PIRSA animal health staff
  • their veterinarian immediately.

Reminders for travellers arriving in Australia

If you've travelled or are travelling in an infected region overseas, it is essential that footwear and clothing is thoroughly cleaned before stepping onto Australian soil.

The travelling public can help to protect Australia's pork industry by not bringing imported pig products into Australia.

Learn more about Keeping African swine fever out of Australia, including the biosecurity requirements for:

  • incoming passengers
  • purchasing goods online from overseas.

More information

Keep Your Pigs Healthy video

Find out how you can keep our pigs happy and healthy this Year of the Pig. Get advice, tag or tattoo your pig, don’t feed food scraps and don’t pack pork when entering Australia.

PIRSA acknowledges New South Wales Department of Primary Industries for supplying this video.

Page Last Reviewed: 18 Jan 2019
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