African swine fever (ASF) may cause sudden deaths or unexplained illness in pigs. If illness or deaths in pigs you have attended are potentially consistent with disease due to ASF, samples should be submitted to exclude or confirm infection. ASF cannot be diagnosed or differentiated from Classical swine fever on clinical grounds alone.
This Primefact is a resource for veterinarians investigating suspect ASF cases and provides guidance on collecting and submitting samples, and links to resources about farm biosecurity, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), personal decontamination and restraining and collecting blood from pigs.
If you see clinical signs or deaths in animals that may be due to ASF or any other exotic notifiable disease you should notify immediately by phoning:
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