South African CSF outbreak 'under control'
The South African department of agriculture said the latest Classical Swine
Fever (CSF) outbreak in the Eastern Cape can be called under
The province was declared a CSF
controlled area on 7 April 2006. For that reason, the
country culled large numbers of infected pigs.
As a result, the number of cases decreased considerably, despite
persistence in some areas.
Nevertheless, the South African department of agriculture extend the
campaign to eradicate the CSF by another six months.
This means that it remains forbidden to take live pigs, pork or pork
products out of the region. Roadblocks have been established at the borders of
the province to enforce the ban on movement.
A surveillance programme is being conducted in all provinces to spot any
early detection of the disease. Pig owners have been urged to protect their pigs
from exposure to diseases.
The outbreak of CSF was regarded as an extension of the 2005 outbreak in
the Western Cape which was the first in South Africa since 1918.
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