Virocid Approved for Use Against African Swine Fever

Virocid has been approved by the APVMA (Permit 88135v2) for use as a disinfectant for farm decontamination as part of Emergency Disease Control of African Swine Fever and Classical Swine Fever in Australia.

Importance of strict biosecurity

Strict biosecurity measures are now, more than ever, at the forefront of sustainable production farming, with the aim to prevent the introduction of disease which can lead to catastrophic outcomes. “Strong biosecurity standards are everyone’s responsibility. The Australian Federal Government is responsible for border protection while producers are responsible for ensuring good biosecurity practices on farm” explains Dr Andrew McKay, General Manager, Zamira Australia.

Internal and external security is key

Internal and external biosecurity practices are critical in preventing pathogens entering the farm and spreading through the herd. Farm hygiene plays a vital role in any biosecurity plan. A key element of achieving good farm hygiene is having a systematic cleaning and disinfecting protocol using high quality products.

“Only a few disinfectants have the ability to inactivate the African Swine Fever virus,” McKay said. Virocid is a concentrated disinfectant that is highly effective at killing bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts at a very low concentration rate (0.25%-0.5%) – just 1 litre of Virocid covers 1600m2.

Australia and African Swine Fever

While no cases of African Swine Fever have been detected in Australia, the disease’s high mortality rate means farming communities must be prepared with an emergency response plan should this status change. “African Swine Fever’s changing distribution means it’s a significant biosecurity threat”, McKay said.

Treatment of African Swine Fever

As there is no treatment for African Swine Fever, prevention along with a prompt response is crucial to stop this highly transmissible disease from devastating herds in Australia.

Zamira is an Australian animal health company with a mission to improve the health, wellbeing and productivity of animals across the world. Read more about us here.

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