Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
3 minute read
9 Mar 2021
6:46 am

Poor hygiene the likely cause of Western Cape swine fever outbreak 

Nica Richards

The disease may have been brought into the Western Cape from the Eastern Cape. The last outbreak in the Western Cape was in the 1930s.

The swine fever was revealed by a postmortem result after tissue samples were collected from pigs at the farm by a private veterinarian. Picture: iStock

Farmers in Mfuleni in the Western Cape are battling a debilitating outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) which has forced them quarantine until the virus clears.  According to Boland chief state veterinarian, Dr Gary Buhrmann, ASF is endemic north of South Africa, above what is known as the red line area.  This includes most of Limpopo and parts of Mpumalanga and the North West. So far, 100 pigs have been culled in the North West. Burhmann suspects the disease may have been brought into the Western Cape from the Eastern Cape, due to the same serotype of the virus diagnosed in...