What You Need to Know about African Swine Fever
African swine fever is very contagious and is killing pigs and wild boars in Africa, Asia and parts of Europe. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has measures in place and it is actively monitoring the global situation.
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association has collaborated with CFIA and other stakeholders to share information to prevent African Swine Fever from infecting the Canadian pig herd.
Veterinarians have an important role to play in educating owners about the disease and current disease risks, reviewing clinic and client biosecurity protocols, providing guidance on biosecurity measures to protect swine health and identifying and reporting suspect cases of ASF.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency developed information to raise awareness of African Swine Fever (ASF) and to aid in disease recognition and sample collection. The information is separated into three distinct modules:
- First module: presents why CFIA, Industry and the processors are so concerned.
- Second module: How to recognize the disease, both clinically and pathologically.
- Third module: Discussion of the correct samples to take and how many animals should be included.
See modules listed in documents section below.
More information about African swine fever, as well as resources for pig owners, can be found at: