Swine Fever breaks out in Chipili

The African Swine Fever has broken out in Chipili District in Luapula Province. 

Disclosing the matter in a statement made available to ZANIS in Mansa, Chipili District Livestock and Fisheries Coordinator Mathew Zulu named the most affected area as Munkonshi Veterinary Camp. 

Mr Zulu says the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock has since banned the movement and trading of pigs and pork products in and out of Chipili District with immediate effect. 

The ban is aimed at containing the African Swine Fever which has broken out in the district.

The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries  Chipili District Coordinator says the Ministry has since declared  Mukonshi, Kamami, Lupososhi, Mwenda, and Mutipula Camps as infected areas and quarantine Zones.

He disclosed that the Ministry  has also set up inspections and disinfection points on all major routes in and out of Chipili District.

African Swine Fever (ASF) is an acute, highly contagious viral disease which affects both domestic and wild pigs. 

The disease is caused by a DNA virus which has characteristics of an Iridovirus and a Poxvirus. 

The disease symptoms include fever, listless, anorexic, listless, anorexic, and paralysis.