Thank you for signing up. Sorry, it looks like an error occurred. Asian governments are being urged to make containing swine fever their top priority, with experts saying it is the largest animal disease outbreak in history.
Outbreaks have been reported in Vietnam, Mongolia, Cambodia, Hong Kong and China - the world's biggest pork producer and consumer. Experts warn it could take years to contain the hog-killing virus given the differing biosecurity standards on commercial pig farms and backyard smallholdings across Asia. Checkpoints, sniffer dogs and strict import bans have been deployed in a desperate bid to control its spread, but the disease has already hit most provinces in China, reducing pork production by 30 per cent according to some estimates.
African swine feverwhich is harmless to humans but fatal to pigs, was discovered in China in August, where it has caused havoc, leading to more than 1. There is no vaccination for African swine fever, which causes pigs to internally haemorrhage until they die, so the only option to contain the disease is to kill any contaminated animals. Some estimates say that in China up to m animals may eventually be slaughtered.
Fox News Flash top headlines for June 6 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews. African swine fever ASF is a "highly contagious and deadly viral disease affecting both domestic and wild pigs of all ages," according to the U. Department of Agriculture.
Hanoi: Asian nations are scrambling to contain the spread of highly contagious African swine fever, with Vietnam culling 2. Credit: AP. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation released a weekly update on the scale of infections on Thursday which reported a new outbreak in Laos.
Some 2. According to officials, the disease has spread to larger-scale farming facilities. In China, the world's top pork producer, about 1.
With an announcement by the U. Food and Agricultural Organization that infections have spread to Laos, some experts are saying it is the largest animal disease outbreak in history. The FAO said in a report late Thursday that more than 3.
The domestic pig Sus scrofa domesticus or only Sus domesticusoften called swinehogor simply pig when there is no need to distinguish it from other pigsis a domesticated large, even-toed ungulate. It is variously considered a subspecies of the Eurasian boar or a distinct species. The domestic pig's head-plus-body-length ranges from 0. The size and weight of a hog largely depends on its breed.
Health officials spraying disinfectant on a dead pig at a farm in Hanoi before burying it in an isolated quarantined pit to stop the spread of African Swine Fever. Photograph: AFP. Health officials and veterinarians throw a dead pig into an isolated quarantined pit in Hanoi to stop the spread of swine fever.
The Eurasian Wild Pig inhabits primary and secondary forest and will also forage in adjacent cleared or agricultural areas. In parts of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore the species occurs in mangroves. In parts of Southeast Asia Sus scrofa has been domesticated, giving rise to pigs of different form. The truly Eurasian Wild Pig, however, is identified by its greater size, and by the mane of bristly hairs extending along the back.