African swine fever,
Information received on 14/02/2019 from Dr Unesu Hildah Ushewokunze-Obatolu, Principal Director, , Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services, Harare, Zimbabwe
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 21/01/2019
Date of confirmation of the event 13/02/2019
Report date 14/02/2019
Date submitted to OIE 14/02/2019
Date event resolved 03/05/2019
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 24/12/2015
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent African swine fever virus
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (advanced), Necropsy
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (14/02/2019)
Follow-up report No. 1 (03/03/2019)
Follow-up report No. 2 (28/03/2019)
Follow-up report No. 3 (06/05/2019)
Follow-up report No. 4 (03/07/2019)
Follow-up report No. 5 (23/08/2019)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (ZIM/ASF 2019/1) Nyakomba, Nyaruwaka, Nyanga, Manicaland
Date of start of the outbreak 21/01/2019
Outbreak status Resolved (03/05/2019)
Epidemiological unit Village
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Swine 678 284 284 0 0
Affected population Free range pigs kept by smallholder farmers in the communal area. All age groups are affected.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Swine 678 284 284 0 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Swine 41.89% 41.89% 100.00% 41.89%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Contact with infected animal(s) at grazing/watering
  • Contact with wild species
Epidemiological comments An African swine fever outbreak has been reported in free-range pigs from villages at the north-eastern border. Free-range pigs spread the disease before it could be confirmed. The affected areas have been put under quarantine to limit spread of the disease. Two 24 hours veterinary check-points have been mounted along the major roads leaving the Nyakomba and Nyamaropa areas to prevent illegal movement of live pigs and pig products from the affected areas. Disease surveillance currently on-going to determine the extent of spread of infection. Veterinary personnel on the ground, in collaboration with local village leadership and members of the dip tank committee, have started awareness campaigns in the affected villages. Farmers are being instructed to confine their pigs in pigsties and report all ill or dead animals to their local Division of Veterinary Services offices.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Quarantine
  • Ante and post-mortem inspections
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Central Veterinary Laboratory (National laboratory) Swine polymerase chain reaction (PCR) 13/02/2019 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations