African swine fever

African swine fever (ASF) is a viral disease that only impacts pigs. It poses a significant risk to the health of the Canadian swine herd, pork industry and the Canadian economy. ASF is highly contagious for pigs and can spread rapidly though both direct and indirect contact with infected pigs or pig products, as well as contaminated farm equipment, feed and clothing.

Key facts

  • ASF has never been found in Canada
  • ASF is not harmful to humans
  • Canadian pork is safe to eat

In Canada, ASF is a reportable disease under the Health of Animals Act. All suspected cases must be reported to the CFIA.

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Services and information

Government of Canada action

What the Government of Canada is doing to keep African Swine Fever from coming to Canada.

Top questions

Consult the ASF fact sheet for answers to frequently asked questions.

Producers

What you can do to protect your pigs from African swine fever.

Travellers

How you can prevent bringing contaminated food, clothing and equipment to Canada.

Importers

Import requirements for feed and live animals, animal products and by-products.

Hunters

Take precautions if you come into contact with wild pigs.

Pig owners

Whether kept as pets or farm animals, all pigs are susceptible to African swine fever. Find out how to protect them from getting and spreading this serious pig disease.

Videos

Preventing ASF from entering Canada
Dr. Jaspinder Komal talks about monitoring the spread of African swine fever in other countries and reducing the risks associated with animal diseases.

Dr. Jaspinder Komal talks about monitoring the spread of African swine fever in other countries and reducing the risks associated with animal diseases.

Travellers: Don't bring back animal diseases
When it comes to protecting our country from foreign animal diseases, awareness is key.

When it comes to protecting our country from foreign animal diseases, awareness is key. Watch and share this video.

ASF: How to stay one step ahead
EFSA's guide on ASF: what it is and how to protect domestic pigs from infection.

EFSA's guide on ASF: what it is and how to protect domestic pigs from infection.

Infographics

On-farm biosecurity
On-farm biosecurity is key to prevent diseases from developing and spreading.

ASF can have a devastating effect on a swine herd. On-farm biosecurity is key to prevent diseases from developing and spreading.

Economic impact of African swine fever
African swine fever poses a significant risk to the Canadian pork industry and the Canadian economy.

African swine fever poses a significant risk to the Canadian pork industry and the Canadian economy.

If you plan to travel with a pig

All varieties of pigs, whether kept as pets, companion animals or farm animals, are susceptible to the same serious diseases.

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