Tanzania reports major outbreak of ASF

At least 500 pigs have died after an outbreak of African swine fever in Tanzania’s northern Kahama district.

20 January 2021, at 10:55am

CGTN Africa and Xinhua report that over 500 pigs have died due to an ASF outbreak in the Shinyanga region of Tanzania on 17 January.

The Kahama district of Tanzania first reported cases of African swine fever in December 2020. Anamringi Macha, the district commissioner, explained that pork sales had been banned to curb the spread of the virus.

“The district authorities in collaboration with the central government are working hard to ensure that the disease is controlled before it spreads to neighboring districts and regions,” said Macha.

Previous outbreaks of African swine fever in March 2018 killed more than 900 pigs, but the disease remained in the southern Ruvuma region.

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