African Swine Fever

African Swine Fever is a different disease to Swine Flu. See the Swine Influenza pages for more information.

The disease is notifiable: if you suspect the disease, you must immediately notify the duty vet in your local Animal Health Office.

About ASF

African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral disease of pigs. In its acute form the disease generally results in high morbidity and mortality.

  • See ASF factsheet for further information on ASF, how to spot the disease and ASF control measures.

ASF Disease Control

A GB ASF Disease Control Strategy (PDF 150 KB) has been developed by Defra, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Assembly Government, together with delivery agents and the pig industry.  There are similarities in the disease control approach for ASF and Classical Swine Fever.  Therefore, the ASF control strategy has been developed to be read alongside the Disease Control Strategy for Classical Swine Fever in GB (PDF 590 KB).

The control strategy applies to all keepers of pigs ranging from commercial producers to those keeping pigs as a hobby or pets. 

Page last modified: April 21, 2010
Page last reviewed: 30 January 2007