Experts say region is losing the engagement to stop the biggest animal disease outbreak the planet has ever faced
South-east Asia is combating to contain the spread of highly contagious African swine fever, known as” animal Ebola”, which has already led to the culling of millions of pigs in China and Vietnam.
African swine fever, which is harmless to humen but fatal to swine, was discovered in China in August, where it has caused havoc, leading to more than 1.2 m animals being gleaned. China is home to almost half of the world’s boars and the story sent the world-wide toll of pork soaring.
There is no vaccination for African swine fever, which causes boars to internally haemorrhage until they die, so the only option to contain the disease is to kill any adulterated animals. Some approximates say that in China up to 200 m swine may eventually be slaughtered. The virus can last-place for various weeks on anything from drapes to vehicles, allowing for it to easily travel long distances.
It has spread like wildfire across Asia, starting stretching devastation to the pig farmers of Vietnam and Cambodia and putting Thailand, Asia’s second-biggest pork producer, on” red alert “. Subjects have increased in Mongolia, North Korea and Hong Kong in recent weeks, while South Korea is blood testing boars at the border.
The UN Food and Agriculture organisation( UNFAO) and regional professionals is a concern that Myanmar, Philippines and Laos will be next because they are all highly prone to an outbreak, due to the struggle to control the movement of animals and pig makes across porous borders.
” This is the biggest animal disease outbreak we’ve ever had on the planet ,” said Dirk Pfeiffer, a veterinary epidemiologist at City University of Hong Kong and expert on African swine fever.” It makes the foot and mouth disease and BSE outbreaks sallow in comparison to the damage that is being done. And we have no way to stop it from spreading .”