The Malawian government says at least 108 pigs have died following an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Nkhata Bay local government area.

Image/Scott Bauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Image/Scott Bauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture

District Agriculture Development Officer Yaz Nyirenda told the Malawi News Agency that the department has since banned the slaughter of pigs and sale of pork and products until the outbreak is controlled.

Nyirenda said in animals, the disease was primarily spreading through contact between sick and healthy pigs while humans were getting infected through the consumption of infected pork products.   

“We would like to inform the general public that the Nkhata Bay District Agriculture Development Office (DADO) has instituted a total ban on the slaughter and sale of pork products in the Limphasa and Mpamba areas. We have also restricted the movement of pigs within and outside the affected areas until the situation is brought under control,” Nyirenda said.