African swine fever
We are monitoring the evolution of African swine fever since its emergence in China. We expanded the care taken at our facilities, reinforced security protocols and also reinforced our communications to all audiences. We follow strict international quality protocols and standards, which involve integrated farms and our entire production chain.
We lead, together with ABPA (Brazilian Association of Animal Protein) and MAPA (Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply), a working group that works on prevention, inspection and awareness of the impacts of the disease throughout the Brazilian territory.
Learn more about the disease:
African swine fever (PSA) poses no risk to humans, but is highly contagious and lethal to animals.
It is caused by a double-stranded DNA virus that belongs to the Asfarviridae family. It can cause billions of dollars in damage!
Symptoms and mortality vary, but in their acute form they are detected
MORTALITY CAN OCCUR BETWEEN 6 AND 20 DAYS AFTER CONTAGION
- Even in its less acute form, the disease generates a minimum mortality rate of 30% on the flock.
- Loss rates reach 100% on certain breeding systems. Animals that survive are carriers of the disease, whether farmed or wild.
- It is a mandatory notification disease to official national and international animal health control agencies.
There is no vaccine or treatment for African Swine Fever
How does the disease spread?
Direct Propagation: By oral/nasal secretions, blood, in carcasses and giblets of animals already slaughtered, in feces and urine, in the soil where the contaminated carcass was kept, through insects and hematophagous ticks.
Indirect Propagation: By objects that contain the organism, such as clothes, shoes, vehicles, knives, equipment and others; by foods such as sausages and other contaminated swine by-products, and even by grass or fresh vegetables.