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African Swine Fever

African swine fever (ASF) is a contagious viral disease of swine. In Africa, the virus is found in wild pigs and ticks and is transmitted readily between these two hosts. Susceptibility to the disease can vary between species of pigs. ASF causes high mortality rates in infected domestic pigs, European wild boars, and American wild pigs. However, African wild swine (warthogs and bush pigs) do not show clinical signs when they are infected. The main symptoms of ASF are fever and hemorrhage, or internal bleeding. The virus can survive for several months in fresh pork and processed pork products.

In Canada, ASF is a reportable disease under the Health of Animals Act, and all cases must be reported to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

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