Recognising exotic diseases of pigs


This factsheet provides information on exotic notifiable diseases that affect pigs.

A number of diseases in animals are exotic to Australia and ‘notifiable’ under New South Wales (NSW) legislation.

There is a legal obligation to notify authorities if you know or suspect that an animal has one of these diseases.

If you see clinical signs or deaths in animals that may be due to an exotic notifiable disease you should notify immediately by phoning:

  • your Local Land Services (previously Livestock Health & Pest Authority) on 1300 795 299
  • a NSW Department of Primary Industries veterinarian or regulatory officer
  • the Emergency Animal Disease (EAD) watch hotline number on 1800 675 888 (monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year)

Topics in this Primefact include:

  • Clinical signs of an exotic pig disease
  • Vesicular diseases in pigs
  • Senecavirus A
  • Transmissible gastroenteritis
  • Porcine epidemic diarrhoea
  • Classical swine fever ('hog cholera')
  • African swine fever
  • Aujeszky’s disease (‘pseudorabies’)
  • Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome
  • Nipah virus
  • Japanese encephalitis


Primefact 955 Sixth Edition

Published: Feb 2023