More research on African swine fever is urgently needed: No cure, no vaccine and no treatment yet exists for this lethal pig disease

The swelling around the kidneys & the muscle hemorrhages shown here
are typical of pigs with African swine fever. Karen Apicelli - USDA.
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 or harm humans. The bad news is that it devastates household and national economies. Particularly in Africa and now in China and Vietnam, it can destroy the livelihoods. More here.


PinP said…
I fear, it is not a matter of "if," but "when," ASF will reach North American shores. Intensive agriculture is a dangerous and costly game whose survival continues to depend on generous dollops of tax dollars and a willingness to sacrifice our environment (& health) to the attendant pollution.

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