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Swine fever outbreak prompts pork product warning

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JOHANNESBURG - South Africans have been warned to refrain from consuming pork products due to an outbreak of swine fever in some parts of the country.

The Department of Agriculture said an outbreak of African swine fever had spread to a fourth province in South Africa.

The latest outbreak of the severe haemorrhagic disease affecting pigs has been reported in the Heilbron area in the Free State.

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It's understood it was also detected in the North West, Mpumalanga and Gauteng provinces last month.

The department said the affected areas had been quarantined and investigations were being carried out to trace the origin of the outbreaks.

The department's Dietana Nemudzivhadi said: "What we’re trying to do is to try and maintain it as swiftly as possible.”

The disease is incurable in pigs but harmless to humans.


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