African Swine Fever outbreak reported in South Africa
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[May 31, 2018] JOHANNESBURG
(Reuters) - African Swine Fever (ASF), a severe hemorrhagic 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
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
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(Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg; Editing by Ed Stoddard and Robin
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