Mpumalanga hit by African swine fever

2012-02-28 19:35

Johannesburg - A total of 100 pigs have been slaughtered so far in Mpumalanga after an African swine fever outbreak, a health official said on Tuesday.

Director of animal health in the province, Nomfundo Mnisi, said about half of the province was affected by the outbreak.

This included Nkangala district, which stretches from the Gauteng border to Belfast, and Gert Sibande district, stretching from the Gauteng border to Badplaas.

No pigs were allowed to move in or out of the affected areas. Mnisi said 100 pigs were killed last week, with one farmer losing 50 pigs.

"We are continuing with our surveillance."

Animals infected with African swine fever had to be slaughtered to prevent the disease from spreading. The ban on pig mobility would be in place for 60 days after the last infected animal was slaughtered, Mnisi said.

She said the economic costs had not yet been calculated.

  • Bennie - 2012-02-28 19:51

    is this BEE flu for Black Pigs??

      Koos - 2012-02-28 20:32

      I think it has something todo with Malema.

  • Kim - 2012-02-28 19:54

    Was Malema there perhaps?

      Francois - 2012-02-28 20:03

      No he was at Implats in Rustenburg, are you perhaps suggesting that the pigs in Rustenburg will now also be culled?

      Kim - 2012-02-28 20:06

      Lol Francois, you never know.

      Snotty - 2012-02-28 20:10

      @Kim Malema farted and the virus has spread!!!

      Francois - 2012-02-28 22:38

      Oom Kriel, you shuld not be allowed to comment, go read comics.

      Tanie - 2012-02-28 22:54

      why francou?

  • Morne - 2012-02-28 20:12

    Malema has the flu!

  • Dmitri - 2012-02-28 21:20

    I was first confused by the headline, but I see that the folks who have posted already have cleared that up for me - thanks :)

  • John - 2012-02-28 23:17

    Silly me. Thinking it was a Limpopo parliamentary ailment...

  • Johan - 2012-02-29 06:46

    They are trying to prevent it from spreading to the parlement lol

  • Lyzelle - 2012-02-29 07:50

    This reminds of Animal Farm - "some pigs are more equal"

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