Some 3 million pigs have been slaughtered in Vietnam since African swine fever was detected in February, making Vietnam the first Southeast Asian country to report an outbreak of a virus that has been devastating Chinese farmers for nearly a year.
Antibiotics are routinely added to animal feed in poor nations, fuelling superbugs. But new solutions are emerging, writes Aisling Irwin on SciDev.Net.
Millions of small-scale pig farmers across Asia risk falling into poverty due to the rapid spread of African swine fever.
The 4 posters, which can be downloaded and printed, describe African swine fever and the biosecurity measures that can be used to prevent this incurable disease of pigs, which is spreading quickly in Vietnam.
Originally posted on ILRI news:
Pigs at the Drestry Farm Industry commercial farm in Asia (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann). African swine fever is a highly contagious viral disease affecting domestic and wild pigs. It kills nearly 100% of the pigs it infects. The good news is that the African swine fever virus does not infect…
Leaders, researchers, investors, government, and private sector representatives from 16 countries spanning Asia, the Pacific, Australia and Africa will gather in Hanoi this week to identify solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the smallholder pig sector in Asia and the Pacific.
Fifty researchers from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia benefited from meat inspection training workshops by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and German partners from the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the Free University of Berlin (FBU) in November and December 2018.