to prevent African

swine fever

Since there is no vaccine nor effective treatment, African swine fever continues to decimate pig populations in Africa, Asia and Europe. To stem its spread, the OIE supports its Members in their communication on the disease.

African swine fever does not present a threat to human health, but affects animal welfare, causing serious economic and production losses and endangering food security.

A highly contagious animal disease

Its transmission is strongly associated with movements of domestic and wild pigs, and pork products Because the virus responsible for African swine fever is highly resistant in the environment, spread can occur via materials, contaminated feed and items such as footwear, clothing, vehicles and equipment. Thus, prevention is crucial. Ordinary travellers, farmers or border-control officers, can all contribute to the spread of the disease across regional and national borders. They can also all help to stem its spread, once adequately informed.

OIE posters in Laos

In Laos, information posters on African swine fever created by the OIE are displayed in an open-air market.

60+ countries
have used the campaign,
in 16 languages

An international prevention campaign

In 2019, to raise awareness of the disease’s impacts, and the precautionary measures to take, the OIE launched the campaign: “African swine fever kills pigs”. Posters, infographics and videos provided by the OIE have been used by many Members to protect their pig farms and their agricultural economies. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has also facilitated the distribution of these tools to travellers.

African swine fever kills pigs