Swine fever hits Nyanga

A suspected African Swine fever has hit some parts of Manicaland like Nyanga, the department of veterinary services has warned.

In a communique served to the members of the public and stakeholders in the Pig Industry the veterinary services division indicated that there was a  suspected outbreak in free-range pigs in Nyamaropa and Nyakomba areas in Nyanga.

The communique indicated that a total death of 156 pigs has been recorded.

“When the Provincial Veterinary Officer  for Manicaland Province visited the area, a total of 156 deaths had been recorded out of an estimated population free-range of 678 pigs,” reads part of the communique

A quarantine has been imposed in Nyanga and all movements of all live pigs and pig product into and out of the area has been banned.

African swine fever is a highly contagious haemorrhagic viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, which is responsible for serious economic and production losses. It is a transboundary animal disease which can be spread by live or dead pigs, domestic or wild and pork products.

The Department of Veterinary services said that it is now mobilising resources to set roadblocks in the area.

“Resource mobilization to set up at least 2 roadblocks along the two major roads leaving Nyakomba and Nyamaropa areas is already underway,” reads part of the communique.