While the full size and scope of China's African swine fever (ASF) epizootic remains frustratingly undefined - and the long-term impacts are largely unknowable - the uncontrolled spread of ASF across Asia could have serious impacts that extend far beyond economic losses for pork producers and a switch to alternative proteins for consumers.
Since African swine fever (ASF) was confirmed in China on August 3, 2018, the disease has spread to several other countries around the world and has sent shockwaves through the pork industry.
Jack Shere, chief veterinary officer for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), runs down a possible bad-case scenario and plan of action.
Such a number would mark a huge chunk of the nation’s pig herd, which Rabobank says stood at 360 million animals late last year, and comes as many in the industry say the spread of swine fever there is much worse than authorities have reported.
A pig carcass which washed up on the shore in Kinmen County has tested positive for African swine fever (ASF), the third such case reported in the county, announced Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center for ASF on Wednesday, April 10.
The decision to scrap the World Pork Expo, held by the National Pork Producers Council in Des Moines each June, signals growing fears about the spread of African swine fever in Asia.
South Africa has detected an outbreak of African swine fever on a farm in North West province.
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has been intensifying African swine fever (ASF) vaccine research efforts since November in collaboration with the USDA. The African Swine Fever Task Force was created, based out of S&T’s Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC), to tackle this threat to the swine industry.
With northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region confirming its first case of African swine fever on Thursday, April 4, the highly contagious disease has spread to 29 provincial regions in China within months.
Spread of African swine fever to Tibet leaves only Hainan as last province of China not to report outbreak.