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African swine fever spreads to a fourth province

The latest outbreak of the severe haemorrhagic disease affecting pigs has been reported in the Heilbron area in the Free State.

Picture: Unsplash.com

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Agriculture said an outbreak of African swine fever had spread to a fourth province in South Africa.

The latest outbreak of the severe haemorrhagic disease affecting pigs has been reported in the Heilbron area in the Free State.

It's understood it was also detected in the North West, Mpumalanga and Gauteng provinces last month.

The department said the affected areas had been quarantined and investigations were being carried out to trace the origin of the outbreaks.

The department's Dietana Nemudzivhadi said: "What we’re trying to do is to try and contain the spread as swiftly as possible.”

The disease is incurable in pigs but harmless to humans.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)

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