In a report from the China Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) Sunday (computer translated), officials report African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks on two farms in Lichuan City, Hubei Province in central China.
On one farm, 83 pigs were infected, killing 73, while on the second farm, eight hogs were infected and five died out of a total of 142 hogs.
African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious hemorrhagic viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, which is responsible for serious economic and production losses. Routes of transmission can include: Direct contact with infected domestic or wild pigs; indirect contact, through ingestion of contaminated material (e.g. food waste, feed, or garbage) and contaminated fomites, or biological vectors (soft ticks of the genus Ornithodoros) where present.
ASF is not a risk to human health.
ASF is present in wild and/or domestic pigs in regions of Asia, Europe and Africa.
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