Pigs on a farm in Liaoning province, China. Photo: Reuters

African swine fever set to claim a quarter of world’s pig population

  • While the disease does not spread to humans, it is virtually 100 per cent fatal once embedded in pig populations
  • The outbreak in China has been particularly serious, with as many as 100 million pigs lost already according to the country’s official declared inventory
Topic |   African swine fever

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Pigs on a farm in Liaoning province, China. Photo: Reuters
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A pig is seen on the farm at a village in Changtu county, Liaoning province, China on January 17. Photo: Reuters

US research gaps hurt hunt for African swine fever vaccine

  • Research into African swine fever was halted by the US Agriculture Department in 2004 after 15 years and wasn’t resumed until 2010
  • The disease now poses a serious threat to US pork production after emerging in China in August 2018
Topic |   African swine fever

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A pig is seen on the farm at a village in Changtu county, Liaoning province, China on January 17. Photo: Reuters
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