Wednesday, May 29, 2019

China faces long battle against African Swine Fever

It will take China years to eliminate African Swine Fever, the OIE (world organization for animal health) said Tuesday.

It has launched a global initiative, to be coordinated with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to try to keep the deadly disease in check.

“The objective is to control the disease, strengthen countries’ prevention and preparation efforts, and minimize the adverse effects on animal health, animal welfare and international trade,” the OIE said in a statement.

The initiative will use the GF-TADs (Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases) mechanism to develop, improve and harmonize partnerships and coordination at national, regional and international levels.

Launched in 2004 by the OIE and FAO, GF-TADs aims to prevent, detect and control transboundary animal diseases, taking into account their regional dimensions. 

Meanwhile, African Swine Fever has spread to Vietnam where it has wiped out five per cent of the nation’s hogs in about three months.