FAO warns Asian countries of African swine flu

Henrietta Strickland
September 9, 2018

The epidemic has killed a total of 12 pigs and sickened 39 in one local farm, MoARA said.

The report said that of the 886 pigs on the farm in Fengyang county in the city of Chuzhou, 22 had died and 62 were infected.

The latest virus outbreak was first detected in China on August 3. Experts from outside of the region will also attend as will participants from the private commercial swine sector.

"It's critical that this region be ready for the very real possibility that ASF could jump the border into other countries", said Wantanee Kalpravidh, regional manager of the FAO Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases in Asia.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is concerned that the swine disease could threaten countries in Southeast Asia.

The seminar will review recent research studies and technologies and consider lessons from recent and ongoing episodes in Europe, it said.

China has banned the transport of live hogs in provinces where infections have been reported, a move that has idled traders, crowded farm pens with unsold pigs and left slaughterhouses short of stock.

Travellers from Shenan province arriving in South Korea voluntarily handed over pig products that were subsequently tested and found by authorities to harbour traces of the virus, The Korea Times reported on its website last month.

"It may be very, very hard to control this epidemic in China".

"We have a steep hill ahead of us", said Juan Lubroth, FAO's chief veterinary officer.

The strain detected in China is similar to one that infected pigs in eastern Russian Federation and neighbouring countries in 2017 and Chinese authorities believe the outbreaks originated from outside the country.

"The domestic production of pork is insufficient to meet demand and the additional supply of 25,321 tonnes of pork is met with imports from Germany, China, Spain, Vietnam and several other countries", he said.

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