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COUNCIL URGE ISLANDERS TO BE VIGILANT OF AFRICAN SWINE FEVER


The Isle of Wight Council has issued a warning about African Swine Fever (ASF), which is spreading in Europe and has also been found in China.

AFS is a highly contagious, incurable disease. It is not transmittable to humans and therefore no risk to human health. It exclusively affects the pig population.

ASF can be transmitted through direct contact, poor sanitation practices, and processed meats.

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Although the risk in the UK remains extremely small and there are currently no cases reported here, the Isle of Wight Council says it pays to be vigilant.

For further information, what to look out for and how to report it, visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/african-swine-fever.

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