AFRICAN
SWINE FEVER

DON'T BRING
IT TO WORK.

ASF is a devastating disease for

Pig Production facilities

ALL Staff have a role to play

DON’T BRING IT TO WORK.

African Swine Fever (ASF) is the latest disease risk to the health status of our national pig herd. This campaign aims to highlight the risks and likely entry points of ASF into Australian pig farms.

The farm support information and tools are available to every pig farmer who wants to bolster biosecurity efforts on their property.#

African Swine Fever VIRUS (ASF) detected in seized pork at the Australian border.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has advised that some pork products seized at the Australian border have tested positive for African swine fever virus.
DAWR advised that around 80 samples were taken from seized products (one product may have several samples taken) which resulted in around 5% of samples testing positive. DAWR has advised that this seize and test process will be ongoing. APL will continue to work with the Department to ensure adequate risk mitigation measures are in place.

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ABOUT ASF

WHAT IS ASF

African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral disease of pigs. ASF can affect domestic and feral pigs of all ages with clinical signs of fever, blotching of the skin, incoordination, diarrhoea and pneumonia. Mortality rates are often very high. There is no treatment or vaccine available

Source: www.business.qld.gov.au

HOW IS IT SPREAD
ASF can spread through different routes:
  • Ingestion of contaminated pork products such as (ham, bacon, cooked and fresh cuts, preserved meat (including jerky), pet treats and pork dishes) that have entered Australian piggeries
  • Contaminated feed ingredients imported from ASF positive countries
  • Staff/visitors who have recently been overseas and unknowingly bring disease onto farm.
  • Infected pig to uninfected pig contact 
  • Blood sucking insects – Biting flies and tick populations have been shown to harbour the disease in other similar environments to Australia.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS
Common symptoms related to moderate to severe ASF infection are:
  • Red to blue-purple lesions on the skin (ears, chest, belly, legs, tail)
  • Fever (above 40°C), depression/ lethargy, off feed
  • Lameness/difficulty walking with swollen joints (may be reddened)
  • Blood from nose/mouth
  • Abortion (any stage of pregnancy)
  • Bloody diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Breathing difficulty
 
NOTE: These symptoms are not specific to ASF and can occur due to many other diseases.
However, it is important to rule out any reportable or exotic disease prior to animal movements.
Alternatively call the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline – 24 hours 1800 675 888
QUARANTINE PERIODS

Pork products
No pork products should enter pig facilities or feed mills to minimise the risk of contaminated pork products entering the production system.

Feed quarantine
Feed quarantine periods have not been established for ASF as data is limited. A minimum 10-week quarantine period is recommended for all feed mills and pig facilities. This includes overseas transit times of ingredient plus the on-farm quarantine period to allow a total minimum 10-week period.

Overseas re-entry of staff and visitors
It is recommended that all visitors and staff that have been overseas observe a minimum 7-day quarantine period before entering any pig facilities and do not wear or bring any item or equipment that has been overseas onto the piggery.

RISK PERIOD

The ASF virus is very difficult to kill, therefore there is an increased risk it can survive for extended periods depending on conditions. It is very stable in a wide range of acid and alkaline levels (pH 4-10) and temperatures, including temperatures below freezing. It can remain viable in contaminated pig pens for at least one month and can remain viable for many months in raw unprocessed frozen meat. Pigs can remain carriers of the virus for long periods, perhaps for life. Heating to above 60°C for 30 minutes inactivates the virus.

Source: www.business.qld.gov.au

WHERE CAN I FIND HELP?

Contact your consultant veterinarian for more advice.
For urgent support contact the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline – 24 hours 1800 675 888

BE AFRICAN SWINE FEVER READY

FOLLOW THE THREE KEY BIOSECURITY STEPS TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF INFECTION

NO Pork Products

No pork products to enter piggeries or feed mills

Quarantine – Feed*

Minimum 10 week quarantine period for imported feed ingredients

Quarantine – People

Minimum 7 day quarantine period for farm personnel who have been overseas

*Allow a minimum of 10 weeks from date of manufacture of feed ingredients (calculated as the overseas transit time plus on-farm quarantine period).

ASF Ready Farm Safe Pack

Biosecurity awareness poster

A2 (420mm x 594mm)

Pork Products poster

A2 (420mm x 594mm)

ASF Indentification poster

A2 (420mm x 594mm)

Biosecurity Entry Sign

A2 (420mm x 594mm)

Staff Training Presentation

Adobe Acrobat PDF Presentation

ASF READY FARM SAFE DOWNLOADS

 

BE AFRICAN SWINE FEVER READY …

Download your ASF READY FARM SAFE PACK today

Sign-up to receive a download link for ASF Ready materials you can print out and use straight away, including posters, gate signs, staff trasining presentation and more.
 

ORDER YOUR FREE ASF READY FARM SAFE PACK

 

# Please note that ASF Ready Farm Safe Packs are for delivery within Australia only.

  • BIOSECURITY – ENTRY SIGN

    $0.00

    Corflute Entry sign to remind staff/visitors that no pork products are to enter the farm.
    Eyelets for fixing to structures.

    Size A2 (420mm x 594mm)

    Add to cart
  • Corflute – ASF SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

    $0.00

    Chart to help staff identify possible ASF infections supported with visual images and typical symptoms of ASF disease.

    • Corflute  – contains eyelets for hanging in sheds
      Size: 420mm x 594mm (A2)
    Add to cart
  • Counter Stand

    $0.00

    Fold-up counter sign for staff and visitor areas to remind them of pork products banned.

    Size: 210mm x 150mm (folded)

    Add to cart
  • Poster – ASF SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

    $0.00

    Chart to help staff identify possible ASF infections supported with visual images and typical symptoms of ASF disease.

    • Poster – Standard A2
      Size: 420mm x 594mm (A2)
    Add to cart
  • Poster – Biosecurity Awareness

    $0.00

    For use in farm tea rooms / visitor areas highlighting three key areas of biosecurity risk.

    Size: a2 (420mm x 594mm)

    Add to cart
  • Poster – Pork Products

    $0.00

    Poster highlighting the broad range of banned pork products.

    Size: A2 (420mm x 594mm )

    Add to cart

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