An outbreak of classical swine fever (hog cholera) has been reported in a remote region of Brazil on Oct. 6. The Brazil agricultural ministry says the discovery will have no impact on the country’s hog industry or pork exports.
The case was found on a rural property of Ceará, according to the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA). They add there is no risk of the disease impacting the country’s main production area.
The case is more than 300 miles away from the boundary of the free zone, which covers 17 Brazilian states. And more than 2,000 miles away from the main production and export area.
"There is no trade of pork products out of Ceará destined for Southeast, Mid-West and Southern (Brazilian) states, which minimizes the contamination risk further," ABPA said.
The news will not alter the disease status of that region, and would not impact the trade of pork, the Brazilian agriculture ministry.
While classical swine fever is considered less severe disease impacts than African swine fever, it is more easily transmitted.
The Brazilian government said it was strengthening controls at the São Paulo international airport, to help prevent African swine fever by monitoring the entry of food products by passengers.