African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious disease, caused by a virus that exclusively affects pigs, such as domestic pigs, wild boars and peccaries.
THE AFRICAN SWINE FEVER VIRUS
POSES NO DANGER
Although not a human health risk, ASF is highly contagious and lethal for pigs. Therefore, it offers great risk to animal welfare and high potential for financial loss to farmers.
BRF has monitored the evolution of the disease since its emergence in 2018. Since then, we have expanded the care in our facilities, reinforced the safety protocols and also our communications to all audiences. We are following strict protocols and international quality standards, which involve the integrated farms and our entire production chain.
In addition, we are leading a working group that acts on the prevention, monitoring and awareness of the impacts of the disease throughout the Brazilian territory. This work is done in conjunction with ABPA (Brazilian Association of Animal Protein) and MAPA (Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply) Learn more here.
THERE IS NO VACCINE OR TREATMENT.
The disease causes the death of the animal in 6 to 20 days after infection. The minimum mortality rate is 30% of the total number of animals, but may be higher. The loss rate can be 100% since the animals that survive are carriers of the disease.
HOW IS THE VIRUS SPREAD?
- Oral or nasal secretions, blood, carcasses and offal of animals already slaughtered.
- Feces and urine.
- Soil where the contaminated carcass was kept.
- Insects and ticks that cause bloodshed
- Contaminated objects.
- Clothing and shoes.
- Vehicles and equipment.
- Food and other by-products made from contaminated pigs
- grass or even fresh vegetables.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF AN ANIMAL
HAS BEEN CONTAMINATED?
- High fever
40°C a 42°C
of the skin
- Anorexia and loss of appetite
HOW SHOULD I ACT IF I SUSPECT CONTAGION?
Notify every suspected case (dead or alive) of ASF to the official veterinary service.
Do not transport swine or products of swine origin. If you do, report it to the health authorities.
Do not visit establishments with swine in affected areas.
Respect biosecurity measures if you visit or work in establishments with swine.
HOW CAN I HELP STOP THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE VIRUS?
Avoid visits to the farms by people who are not part of the production system.
If traveling abroad, avoid visits to the producers' facilities. And don't bring any meat products with you.
Do not receive visitors from countries with ASF outbreaks
ABPA (Brazilian Association of Animal Protein )