Deadly African swine flu could sneak in to Britain by tourists carrying ham sandwiches

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SWINE flu could be brought into Britain by unsuspecting tourists carrying ham sandwiches, a top vet has warned.

Pig

INFECTED: Swine fever is a contagious virus that is deadly in some animals (Pic: GETTY)

The contagious African Swine flu could be found in the luggage of unsuspecting tourists travelling back from areas hit by the virus.

African Swine flu is spread when infected boar or pigs eat infected meat or come into contact with contaminated animals, people or items. 

It’s been warned Britain’s five million pigs could be wiped out if the deadly disease worms its way into the ecosystem, threatening food supplies. 

Swine fever is a contagious virus that is deadly in some animals, but does not affect humans. 

“There’s no cure, there’s no treatment and there’s no vaccine”

Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Christine Middlemiss

Authorities have said the disease has spread as close as Belgium – a mere 277 miles from London. 

Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Christine Middlemiss told The Daily Telegraph: “It would be devastating.

“There’s no cure, there’s no treatment and there’s no vaccine. 

“You would liken it to the impact of foot and mouth disease.”

The UK border

WARNING: The Government has launched a campaign to educate travellers (Pic: GETTY)

Six million animals were slaughtered at the height of the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001, costing the country an incredible £8billion. 

The Government has launched a campaign to educate unaware travellers about the dangers of bringing meat into the UK in their luggage.

Officials have already begun working to stop the dies spreading, putting posters at ports, airports and Eurostar terminal urging passenger not to bring pork into the county. 

It is currently illegal to bring meat products form non-EU nations, but not within the bloc.

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