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The risk to your pigs.

First published:
20 December 2018
Last updated:

Current disease situation

On 10 September 2020, Germany confirmed its first ever case of African swine fever (ASF). The disease was found to be present in a dead wild boar near the Polish border. As a result, Germany has lost its ASF disease-free status. This marks a significant step in the westward movement of the disease from Eastern and Central Europe, where it is prevalent.

For further information on ASF in Europe, you can visit the GOV.UK website.

The risk level for the introduction of ASF into the UK remains at ‘medium’, however, this is being constantly reviewed. This risk level has been given due to the continued spread of ASF throughout Europe.

ASF has caused the deaths of millions of pigs worldwide. The disease poses a serious risk to the UK pig industry. Pig keepers should take measures to ensure the biosecurity of their farms.

We are continuing to work closely with the other UK administrations to raise awareness of the disease amongst:

  • the public
  • the farming industry
  • people traveling to the UK from Europe and Asia, where the disease is prevalent

In the event of an outbreak, we will act swiftly and decisively to:

  • control the spread of and eradicate the disease
  • regain disease free status

African swine fever videos

These videos explain how the disease could be introduced into the UK and what you could do to help prevent that happening.