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S. Africa extends pig culling drive to eradicate swine fever

by 5m Editor
17 October 2006, at 10:10am

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa said on Friday that it has extended the campaign to eradicate an outbreak of classical swine fever in the Eastern Cape province by another six months.

The Department of Agriculture said that the outbreak was under control with large numbers of infected pigs having been culled.

During this period the province will remain a Classical Swine Fever Controlled Area in terms of the Animal Diseases Act 35 of 1984, as declared on April 7, 2006.

For this reason, no live pigs, pork or pork products may be taken out of the region. The province has battled outbreaks of swine fever for over a year, with about 300,000 pigs culled in the province, said Lubabalo Mrwebi of the Eastern Cape veterinary services.

Source: Peoples Daily

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