April 15, 2019
African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral disease of domestic and wild pigs. It causes high death rates in infected pigs and can infect swine herds in various ways, but poses no risk to human health. There is no treatment or vaccine for African swine fever.
The Government of Canada has been raising awareness among travellers, as people who travel to countries impacted by ASF or at risk of getting ASF could be bringing back contaminated clothing, equipment and food.
On March 14, 2019, the Marie-Claude Bibeau, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced new funding of up to $31 million to increase the number of detector dogs at Canadian airports to help prevent illegally imported meat products from entering the country.
Detector dogs are our best available method to intercept meat products carried by travellers, making them the most effective tool in protecting Canada's swine population from ASF as well as other foreign animal diseases.
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