African swine fever

  • IASbaba
  • August 4, 2022
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In News: After Wayanad, African swine fever has been confirmed at a private pig farm in Kannur district, after more than 15 pigs on the farm had died due to the disease in the last ten days.

  • African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, whose mortality rate can reach 100%.
  • It is not a danger to human health, but it has devastating effects on pig populations and the farming economy.
  • There is currently no effective vaccine against ASF.
  • The virus is highly resistant in the environment, meaning that it can survive on clothes, boots, wheels, and other materials.
  • It can also survive in various pork products, such as ham, sausages or bacon.
  • Therefore, human behaviours can play an important role in spreading this pig disease across borders if adequate measures are not taken.

Source: The Hindu


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