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African swine fever in China, spreading

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    Posted: October 19 2019 at 8:46pm
This is very thought-provoking! As always, these viral apocalypses originate in the Chinese Death Star!

https://www.ibtimes.com/swine-fever-apocalypse-south-korea-deploys-drones-snipers-against-invading-infected-2846343

African Swine Fever (ASF), a deadly contagious disease infecting hogs and having no known cure or vaccine, is spreading rapidly in East Asia. The ASF outbreak that has trickled from North to South Korea is akin to an “apocalypse”, according to Ahn Chan-il, leader of World Institute for North Korea Studies and a former North Korean service member.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the South Korean government ambushed contagion-carrying pigs near the country's northern borders, using snipers and thermal-imaging drones. The attack was carried out after wayward pigs that had wandered across the buffer region between the Korean neighbors were found to be carrying the swine fever virus. According to the Wall Street Journal, the death toll of feral pigs in South Korea this month has reached 145.
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That is some serious approach to try and contain the swine flu!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote carbon20 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2019 at 5:13pm
This is A very big problem,

And I agree it's an apocalypse,

the world press not on it yet,

To busy with Chump,Brexit,Turkey,etc,etc......


Wonders....!!!!!!???

what sort of uniforms the pigs were wearing......
   
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Pig deaths on Russian border suggest China's outbreak is spreading

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MELBOURNE (BLOOMBERG) - More than a year after African swine fever began ravaging hogs in China, the virus may be escaping along the same route it's believed to have entered - via Russia.

While the swine contagion has been present in Russia for 12 years, it's only been spreading actively in the country's Far East for the past few months. Authorities have reported almost 60 outbreaks in wild and domestic pigs, most within a few miles of the border with China.

Infected wild boar may be playing a role in cross-border spread, said Dirk Pfeiffer, a professor of veterinary medicine and life sciences at City University of Hong Kong.

"Wild boar are very likely to now also be infected in northern China," Pfeiffer said.

While the Far East accounts for less than 2 per cent of Russia's swine herd, the virus's persistence in wayward, wild animals may frustrate attempts to control the disease on both sides of the border.

In China, African swine fever has reduced the nation's pig herd by almost half, causing record-high pork prices and a shakeup of its $118 billion industry.

Experience in Europe with African swine fever has shown that once the disease becomes established in wild pigs, it's "extremely difficult to control it in both wild and domestic pigs, especially when the wild population is dense and swine production is characterised as extensive, semi-intensive or 'backyard'," said Andriy Rozstalnyy, an animal health officer with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in Rome.

"Smuggling of infected pork products, backyard pig-farming, and semi-subsistence hunting could play an important role" in the spread of the virus, Rozstalnyy said in an e-mail.

Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia's biosecurity watchdog, called for stronger measures to protect the region's backyard pigs in August, about a month before the virus was found in sausage meat that a Chinese citizen had tried to smuggle across the checkpoint at Zabaykalsk, opposite the Chinese border town of Manzhouli.

The illegal transport of goods, the movement of tourists, and the migration of wild boar all pose disease risks, Rosselkhoznadzor said in an Aug 5 statement. Additionally, the virus could spread in live pigs, contaminated meat products and crops, it said.

'HIGH RISK'

"The current unfavourable African swine fever situation in the People's Republic of China leads to a high risk of infection in the border regions of the Russian Federation and neighbouring countries," Rosselkhoznadzor said.

The warning followed the deaths a week earlier of a sow and two boars on a farm in Primorsky, the province of which Vladivostok is the administrative centre.

Since then, 275 pigs have died and 2,473 have been killed and disposed of in 59 outbreaks in the Primorsky, Amur, and Jewish Autonomous regions, according to data Russian authorities submitted to the World Organisation for Animal Health in Paris.

Still, outbreak incidence data in Asia are incomplete and don't fully explain the burden of disease, the Food and Agriculture Organization's Rozstalnyy said, adding that it's "a challenge to organize reliable surveillance and accurate diagnostics in these remote areas."

It's also difficult to determine the source of the outbreaks, said Denis Kolbasov, the director of the Federal Research Center of Virology and Microbiology, near Pokrov, Russia.

Some genetic studies of African swine fever viruses circulating in China have found similarities with strains in Eastern Europe and Russia, pointing to a likely source.

'MUTUAL EXCHANGE'

"If we are talking about the possibility of virus invasion from China to Russia, then we should talk about a mutual exchange" of the virus, Kolbasov said.

A pan-Russian strain was responsible for an outbreak in Siberia near the border with China in 2017, Kolbasov and colleagues showed last year. At the time, the outbreak was the furthest east the virus had been reported.

While both countries have made food security a priority, the flare up of outbreaks aren't likely to hurt ties.

The worsening of the epidemic on the border between Russia and China is "a standard operational issue that is unlikely to impact international relations," said Ilya Strokin, director of KPMG's Agribusiness Center of Excellence in Russia.

Source:   https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/pig-deaths-on-russian-border-suggest-chinas-outbreak-is-spreading
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In China, African swine fever has reduced the nation's pig herd by almost half,


That is a huge amount, and will result in massive financial losses (as well as cultural loss as pork is an important meat in China.

Maybe this is a nature-controlled feedback loop to force people towards a more vegetarian diet.

Here, pork is the main meat for the Christmas feast. so if it spread then customs will have to change, :(
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Our Mutton and meat prices have risen over demand from China

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