FAO calls on Vietnam to declare swine fever a national emergency

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) advised Vietnam to declare a rapidly spreading outbreak of African Swine Fever as a national emergency. The virus was first detected in the country a month ago at three farms in two northern provinces and has spread to 17 provinces in northern Vietnam with 239 outbreaks confirmed.

Study Reveals Pigs Can Transmit FMD Prior to Signs of Sickness

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) virus spreads much more aggressively in pigs than previous research suggests, according to a new study by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. The study shows that pigs infected with the FMD virus were highly contagious to other pigs just 24 hours after infection—long before showing any clinical signs of infection.

African swine fever spread being countered by voice recognition software, building walls and culling animals

News agency reports from China say tech giants Alibaba and JD.com are using facial and voice recognition technology to monitor the health of pigs in their stalls, and to track any coughs or changes in behavior in the animals.