African Swine Fever Outbreak In Asia
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Since August 2018, China reported the first African swine fever outbreak in Liaoning province, which was also the first reported case in East Asia. By September 1, 2018, the country had culled more than 38,000 hogs. Since the week of September 10, 2018, China has blocked transports of live pigs and pig products in a large part of the country to avoid spread beyond the 6 provinces where the virus was then confirmed. By the end of 2018, the outbreaks had been reported in 23 provinces and municipalities across China. On April 25, 2019, the virus was reported to have spread to every region of China, as well as parts of Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The Chinese pig population was reported to have reduced by almost 40 million compared with the previous year.
To understand more about African Swine Fever, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in bold italics, below:
African swine fever virus (ASFV) is a large, double-stranded DNA virus in the Asfarviridae family. It is the causative agent of African swine fever (ASF). The virus causes a haemorrhagic fever with high mortality rates in domestic pigs; some isolates can cause death of animals as quickly as a week after infection. It persistently infects its natural hosts, warthogs, bushpigs, and soft ticks of the genus Ornithodoros, which likely act as a vector, with no disease signs. It does not cause disease in humans. ASFV is endemic to sub-Saharan Africa and exists in the wild through a cycle of infection between ticks and wild pigs, bushpigs, and warthogs. The disease was first described after European settlers brought pigs into areas endemic with ASFV and, as such, is an example of an ‘emerging infectious disease‘.
Vietnam is struggling to contain an outbreak of African swine fever. So far, more than 1.7 million pigs have been culled across the country, just three months since the outbreak was first reported, in the video “More than 1.7 million pigs culled in Vietnam amid swine fever outbreak“, below.
African Swine fever has no vaccine or cure, in the video “China deals with African Swine fever in pigs“, below:
The Korean government and the ruling party have held an emergency meeting to stop the spread of African swine fever, which is spreading fast in China. Starting next month, those who smuggle livestock products into South Korea will be levied a fine of up to ten million won. [Pkg] Authorities have decided to raise the fine for smuggling livestock products into South Korea from the current 100,000 won to up to ten million won. The government and ruling party came up with the measure to stop the spread of African swine fever in the nation. Although African swine fever does not affect humans, its mortality rate reaches 100 percent in animals. Those who bring pork or processed pork products from countries that have been hit by African swine fever will be levied a 5 million won fine for a first offense. The fine will grow to 10 million won for third and subsequent offenses. For all other cases, the fine will be one million won for a first offense, and 5 million won starting from the third offense. The government plans to immediately raise the alert level to the highest “serious” level if African swine fever is found in the nation, and to take pan-governmental measures to contain the virus. The authorities will also ban the use of food waste as livestock feed at hog farms, and provide funding for the installation of fences to prevent wild boars from entering farms, in the video “AFRICAN SWINE FEVER/Korean (News)“, below:
Thailand is on alert, following the outbreak of African swine fever in neighbouring Vietnam. The Thai government has estimated that possible economic losses could hit $2.2 billion if 30 percent of pigs in the country are infected, in the video “Thailand on high alert for African swine fever“, below:
Millions of pigs have been slaughtered across Asia as African swine fever spreads since the first outbreak of the disease was reported in August 2018 in northeastern China – the world’s largest pork producer and consumer, in the video “China’s deadly African swine fever epidemic is spreading across Asia“, below:
The spread of African swine fever in China could affect your wallet during barbecue season as global shortage drives up pork prices around the world, in the video “African swine fever could mean higher pork prices for Canadians“, below:
We take an in-depth look at a disease facing pork producers with experts Dr. Benny Mote and Dr. Lee Schulz. Is ASF something that could make its way to the United States? In the video “African Swine Fever, March 22, 2019“, below:
EFSA’s new practical guide on African swine fever: what it is and how to protect domestic pigs from infection. From causes and symptoms to precautionary measures, a list of best practices on how to protect farm animals and wild boar populations from ASF, in the video “African Swine Fever: how to stay one step ahead“, below:
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