Asia worries about African swine fever that killed more than three million animals. According to the Assosiated Press, the epidemic is out of control.
A veterinary epidemiologist at the City University of Hong Kong claims that this is the largest animal epidemic in history. “We have never encountered this,” he stresses. In Vietnam, 2.5 million pigs have already died, in China more than a million. Plague also affected Hong Kong, Taiwan, North and South Korea, Cambodia, and Mongolia.
Since China was the leading producer of pork, and Vietnam destroyed a huge number of animals, the price of pork meat has already grown around the world by 40 percent. A further increase is expected due to the high demand for imports of pork from Europe and America. At the same time, Rabobank market analyst said that global supply of pork could fall by 8 percent. This epidemic is called the most expensive in the world.
For the first time China reported fever in August 2018. Then there were 139 outbreaks of the disease in 32 provinces. At the same time, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is afraid that the authorities are greatly minimizing the statistics of the affected pigs.
African swine fever is a viral disease that has a very high ability to transmit. It is harmless to humans, but it is deadly to animals. Scientists have not yet found a cure or vaccine for it. The virus itself can spread over long distances, as it lives for several weeks and can be transported on clothing.