Friday, June 21, 2019

China has more African Swine Fever outbreaks

China has had two more outbreaks of African Swine Fever that killed 82 pigs and infected another 114 in two villages.

There have been three outbreaks in Guizhou province this month, indicating that China has still not managed to contain the deadly disease that has claimed about 20 per cent of the country’s hogs. 

There is no cure, treatment or vaccine. 

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said it will take years for China to contain the African swine fever (ASF) virus.

It has spread to other countries, including Viet Nam which has lost about 2.5 million hogs.  Recently Laos reported an outbreak.

Canada is on high biosecurity alert over ASF, including a watch on imports of feed ingredients.