Brazil and World
African swine fever: Brazil intensifies actions to prevent entry of the virus in the country
In order to prevent the African swine fever from reaching Brazil and undermining Brazilian agriculture, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply intensified surveillance against the virus. Banners have been distributed at airports and border ports to alert travelers, and audible alerts are being issued to passengers.
Those who have visited farms, zoos, agricultural fairs, rural areas or other places with the presence of pigs and boars or that carry products of pork origin, should look for the Vigiagro counter before leaving the landing area.
In Brazil, African swine fever was eradicated in 1984 and since then the country has been declared a disease-free area. The virus does not pose risk to human health, but can decimate swine herds, being highly infectious. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) determines the animals' sacrifice when contamination is found.