African Swine Fever outbreak reported in South Africa
(Adds detail, gives background on pork industry)
JOHANNESBURG, May 31 (Reuters) - African Swine Fever (ASF),
a severe haemorrhagic disease of pigs, has been reported in
South Africa's Northern Cape Province, the department of
agriculture said on Thursday.
The new blow to South Africa's pork industry comes as prices
tumble after a Listeria outbreak that has killed more than 200
people and was traced to low-priced processed meat from a
factory owned by Tiger Brands.
ASF, which is not transmitted to humans, can result in "a
great number of the deaths of pigs in a short span of time" and
is transmitted by contact with other infected pigs, ticks or
from infected swill, the department said in a statement.
The unrelated Listeria outbreak, the biggest ever recorded,
is expected to cause around 1 billion rand ($80 million) in
losses to the pork value chain due to the changes in consumer
perceptions of pork.
($1 = 12.5712 rand)
(Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg
Editing by Ed Stoddard and Robin Pomeroy)
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