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Increased risk of African Swine Fever being introduced to the UK: Important advice for all hunters

Following a significant increase in the number of cases of ASF, a disease of pigs, in Eastern Europe, and recent western spread to Belgium, the risk of an introduction of this disease to the UK has increased and is causing concern.

Although the disease does not affect humans and there is no food safety risk associated with meat, ASF is a highly contagious and usually fatal viral disease of pigs.

Everyone travelling to the continent for hunting and shooting or similarly organising these activities in the UK needs to take several precautions to reduce the risk of ASF entering the UK.

  pdf View precautions for hunters (146 KB)

  pdf View the letter from the Chief Veterinary Officer UK (192 KB)