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Help keep Australia free of African swine fever

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Help keep Australia free of African swine fever

Posted 19 December 2019.

With African swine fever edging closer to the Australian border, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is reminding all pig owners of their biosecurity responsibilities.

The deadly African swine fever can spread through pork products. The disease is highly contagious to domestic and feral pigs, and Australia is free from it.

The disease has spread through South East Asia, including China, Vietnam, Philippines, South Korea and most recently Timor-Leste.

ASF does not affect humans.

You are our eyes and ears in the field. You can help by:

  • reporting feral pigs to your local Natural Resources Management Board
  • humanely destroying feral pigs on your land. Feral pigs are serious pests and declared for destruction by landholders, under the Natural Resources Management Act.
  • ensuring all vehicles, clothing and equipment (including knives) are washed and disinfected after hunting trips.


  • leave food scraps containing meat in the bush after hunting or camping trips
  • keep, sell, release or move feral pigs.

Heavy penalties apply. If you see sick or dead feral pigs, please immediately contact the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

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