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  • Writer's pictureDr Dewan Sibartie

Beware of African swine fever introduction in Mauritius

Traces of African swine fever (ASF) virus have been found in meat that was brought into Northern Ireland illegally by passengers in the month of June [2019].

In total, airport authorities seized over 300 kg [661 lb] of illegal meat in June [2019]. The Northern Irish Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) said a sample of these seizures was tested at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), resulting in the detection of ASF virus DNA fragments. A DAERA spokesman confirmed: "DNA fragments of ASF were detected in a sausage from Asia."

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