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Nearly 30,000 #pigs killed by #AfricanSwineFever in #Indonesia

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Tens of thousands of pigs have died from African swine fever in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, officials said Thursday, the first time the virus has been detected in the country.

The disease has devastated swine herds in China and elsewhere in Asia, and initially Indonesia authorities put the death of 27,000 pigs down to hog cholera — a different virus with similar symptoms.

But Fadjar Sumping Tjatur Rasa, an official at Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture, told AFP that laboratory tests had recorded evidence of African swine fever in 16 regencies and cities in North Sumatra.

“It had never (before) occurred in Indonesia,” he added.

While the virus cannot be transmitted to humans, it is almost 100 percent fatal in pigs.

Although Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation — and eating pork is forbidden by the Koran — the country also boasts a small Christian majority in North Sumatra, and Bali is a Hindu island whose signature dish is roast pig.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Agency said it was working with the government on containment, but the outbreak in Indonesia poses unique challenges.

Unlike China, where huge herds are reared and processed in factory-like conditions and outbreaks can be contained, in Indonesia most pigs are raised in backyard sties or on small farms, and sold at markets where the virus can easily spread.

Outbreaks of African swine fever have also been recorded in Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and East Timor.

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45,000+ #pigs dead due to #AfricanSwineFever in #Philippines

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Pork Checkoff reports that Romania and the Philippines have so far reported the largest number of deaths related to African swine fever. In the latest Foreign Animal Disease Preparation Bulletin, Pork Checkoff discusses the latest outbreaks and also details the next country most likely to fall prey to the virus: Indonesia.

Losses due to African swine fever (ASF) continue to increase in 2019 and experts from Rabobank estimate that nearly 25 percent of the world’s pig herd (350 million head) could be gone by year’s end. Most recently, major ASF outbreaks in Romania and the Philippines have added to the costly total.

In a recent global ASF report from the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE), major losses were shown in Romania with 20,069 head and in the Philippines with 45,670 head. These losses represent the number of head killed by ASF or culled in infected farms or backyards only and not any depopulation efforts in control zones. This is OIE’s method of calculating global ASF losses moving forward.

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20,000+ #pigs dead due to #AfricanSwineFever in #Romania

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Pork Checkoff reports that Romania and the Philippines have so far reported the largest number of deaths related to African swine fever. In the latest Foreign Animal Disease Preparation Bulletin, Pork Checkoff discusses the latest outbreaks and also details the next country most likely to fall prey to the virus: Indonesia.

Losses due to African swine fever (ASF) continue to increase in 2019 and experts from Rabobank estimate that nearly 25 percent of the world’s pig herd (350 million head) could be gone by year’s end. Most recently, major ASF outbreaks in Romania and the Philippines have added to the costly total.

In a recent global ASF report from the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE), major losses were shown in Romania with 20,069 head and in the Philippines with 45,670 head. These losses represent the number of head killed by ASF or culled in infected farms or backyards only and not any depopulation efforts in control zones. This is OIE’s method of calculating global ASF losses moving forward.

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4,000+ #pigs dead due to #AfricanSwineFever in #Sumatra, #Indonesia

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Indonesia’s agriculture ministry official says the country has confirmed the first outbreak of African swine fever after laboratory tests on thousands of dead pigs in the northern province of Sumatra this week.

More than 4,000 pigs have died after a cholera outbreak in North Sumatra, a provincial official said Thursday. In North Sumatra, cholera cases were reported for the first time in Dauri County in September.

“Clinical trials and laboratory test results have shown that pigs only died from African swine fever, but there are also positive samples of cholera in pigs,” said Faga, head of animal health at the Ministry of Agriculture. “

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Hundreds of #pigs dead due to #AfricanSwineFever in #TimorLeste, #Asia

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It is estimated the disease has already wiped out 25 per cent of the world’s pig population.

According to Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, there have been 100 reported outbreaks of African swine fever in smallholder pig farms in the Dili municipality, in which 405 pigs have died.

Meat and livestock analyst Simon Quilty, who has been researching the disease’s spread throughout China and South-East Asia, said ASF was now 650 kilometres from Australia.

“The presence of African swine fever in Timor is alarming to say the least, having jumped 1,500 to 2,000 kilometres [from the Philippines and Vietnam] and puts the disease on Australia’s doorstep,” he said.

“The cause of contamination is still unknown but if other infected countries are a guide, then humans are the likely cause of migration via either contaminated food products or simply [from being] present on clothing and shoes and carried into Timor from an infected country.”

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93,500 #pigs killed due to #AfricanSwineFever in #SouthKorea

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South Korea on Wednesday confirmed two additional cases of African swine fever near its border with North Korea despite heightened efforts to contain the epidemic that has wiped out pig populations across Asia.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said lab tests confirmed the country’s 10th and 11th cases of the disease at two farms in Paju, a border town where the first infection was confirmed on Sept. 17.

Officials have been scrambling to halt the spread of the disease, disinfecting farms, trucks and roads, banning livestock movement and destroying some 93,500 pigs. They plan to slaughter at least 17,000 more pigs, including the animals at farms within a 3-kilometer (2-mile) radius of the two Paju farms were infections were newly confirmed.

The illness is harmless to humans but highly fatal for pigs. There is no effective vaccine or treatment.

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5,000 #pigs killed due to #AfricanSwineFever in #Hungary

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Whole pig farms had to be killed due to the suspicion of African swine fever, but the information provided to pig keepers is incomplete.

On Monday afternoon, we received an answer from the National Food Chain Safety Authority (Nebih) asking how many domestic pigs had to be killed so far due to African swine fever. A previously published report from hvg.hu revealed that authorities are not giving much thought to the fact that even if there is any suspicion that a virus has appeared in a pig farm , they will immediately order the killing of the herd.

As we have reported, stakeholders do not have all the information, and there is great uncertainty and mistrust of the authorities due to full information. We know from professional circles that the rules applicable in the epidemiological situation allow information to be limited, for example, they do not have to tell the authorities the reason for killing the animals, although this has been refuted by our Nebih question. When asked on Friday how many animals had to be killed so far, the Office responded on Monday stating that they had to kill five thousand domestic pigs so far.

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7,000 #pigs killed due to #AfricanSwineFever in #Philippines

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The Philippines has reported its first cases of African swine fever, becoming the latest country hit by the disease that has killed pigs from Slovakia to China, pushing up pork prices worldwide.

The virus is not harmful to humans but causes haemorrhagic fever in pigs that almost always ends in death. There is no antidote or vaccine and the only known method to prevent the disease from spreading is a mass cull of affected livestock.

Over the last year ASF has spread rapidly in Asia. The first official outbreak was in China in August 2018, but it has since spread to Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Mongolia and North Korea.

The Philippine outbreak began with the identification of infected pigs in two towns near the Philippine capital, Manila, and authorities have culled more than 7,000 pigs within a one-kilometre (0.6-mile) radius, said the agriculture minister, William Dar.

He said the country was not facing an epidemic and urged Filipinos to continue eating pork, which is a critical market and accounts for 60% of meat consumption in the Philippines.

The Asian country is the world’s eighth biggest pork producer by volume and its swine industry is estimated at 260bn pesos (£4bn), according to the agriculture department.

Dar said 14 of 20 samples sent to a UK laboratory tested positive for African swine fever, but it would take a week to confirm how virulent the strain is.

The virus was first recorded in Rodriguez town, six miles east of Manila. Other undisclosed areas are being closely monitored for possible infection, he added.

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4.7 MILLION #pigs killed due to #AfricanSwineFever in all 63 provinces of #Vietnam

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Vietnam has culled about 4.7 million pigs to contain an outbreak of African swine fever that has spread to all 63 provinces in the Southeast Asian country, an official said on Friday.

The disease first detected in February has been hard to contain because there is no vaccine, said Pham Van Dong, head of the Animal Health Department.

“We have culled around 4.7 million pigs and, as you can see, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has confirmed that the outbreak has now spread to all 63 provinces and cities,” Dong told Reuters.

Pork accounts for three-quarters of total meat consumption in Vietnam, a country of 96 million people where most of its farm-raised pigs are consumed domestically.

Vietnam’s pig herd at end July was down 18.5% to 22.2 million pigs since December.

The pork industry is valued at 94 trillion dong ($4 billion) a year, or nearly 10% of the country’s agricultural sector.

Farm hygiene is the best way to protect the pig herd, deputy agriculture minister Phung Duc Tien told the Ho Chi Minh City Law newspaper.

“Applying biosecurity in farming will help meet domestic demand for pork through the end of this year and help keep consumer prices under control,” Tien was quoted as saying.

African swine fever was first detected in Asia last year in China, the world’s largest pork producer. China’s pig herd shrank by 32.2% in July from the same month a year ago.

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100 MILLION #pigs dead due to #AfricanSwineFever in #China

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African swine fever has wiped out a third of China’s pig population. Now government officials are discussing dramatic steps to stabilize the world’s largest pork market.

Pork is a huge deal in China. The country is home to half of all the pigs on the planet. The meat is a staple of the Chinese diet, which means its scarcity could damage China’s social stability. The outbreak of swine fever also threatens to upend the global pork supply chain.

While Chinese authorities have already made plans to shore up the pig market — including subsidies for pig farms and families who may struggle with soaring prices — they’re stepping up efforts to deal with the crisis.

The price retailers pay for pork has spiked nearly 70% in the last year. And the average price that wholesalers pay suppliers was up 90% in the last week of August compared to a year ago, according to government data. Analysts say prices could yet go even higher.

The government on Wednesday announced more measures to encourage pig farmers and producers to breed more hogs. But they may need to go even further to plug the supply gap.

Authorities have pledged to release the government’s emergency reserves of frozen pig meat if necessary. Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said last week that the agency will “closely monitor market developments” before it makes such a decision.

It’s difficult to overstate the scale of the problem. As of July, China had lost more than 100 million pigs in the last year, according data released Tuesday by the country’s agricultural ministry.

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