The Municipality of Kwahu West’s outbreak has resulted in a substantial loss for a local farmer, Dr. Kwasi Owusu, who has seen nearly 600 of his pigs, valued at GHS2.2 million, succumb to this outbreak.
According to the veterinary office’s assessment, while African swine fever doesn’t pose a direct threat to human health, its rapid transmission is a cause for concern. Dr. Kwasi Owusu expresses deep concern that if not promptly controlled, this situation could undermine the economic progress of farmers across the municipality.
African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral disease that affects domestic and wild pigs. It is not a threat to human health, but it can cause severe economic losses in the pig farming industry. ASF spreads rapidly among pigs through direct contact with infected animals, contaminated objects, or even through tick vectors. There is currently no vaccine or specific treatment for ASF, making early detection and strict biosecurity measures crucial for containment.