The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis and the Effia Kwesiminstim Municipality have been hit with an outbreak of the Africa Swine Fever which was first detected on the African continent in 2012 .
The fever is suspected to have affected the government allocated pigs under the Rearing for Food and Jobs programme.
This was captured in a letter addressed to the Minister of Agriculture by the Western Regional Agriculture Directorate.
The letter said samples of the dead pigs sent to the National Veterinary Laboratory for analysis tested positive for the fever.
The Western Regional Agric Director, Samuel Apiiga, confirmed the outbreak and added that it is under control but refused to give further details on the subject since the letter was yet to reach the Ministry.
The last outbreak of the fever was in the Central Region last year.
In July 2017, outbreaks of the fever were confirmed in the Ashanti and Upper East Regions, which led to the destruction of over 15,000 pigs.
African Swine Fever is a severe viral disease that affects only pigs. It can be spread by live or dead pigs and pork products.
Transmission can also occur via contaminated feed and items such as shoes, clothes, vehicles, knives, equipment etc, due to the high environmental resistance of ASF virus.
There is no approved vaccine against ASF unlike classical swine fever, also known as Hog Cholera, which is caused by a different virus.