Hundreds of #pigs dead due to #AfricanSwineFever in #TimorLeste, #Asia
It is estimated the disease has already wiped out 25 per cent of the world’s pig population.
According to Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, there have been 100 reported outbreaks of African swine fever in smallholder pig farms in the Dili municipality, in which 405 pigs have died.
Meat and livestock analyst Simon Quilty, who has been researching the disease’s spread throughout China and South-East Asia, said ASF was now 650 kilometres from Australia.
“The presence of African swine fever in Timor is alarming to say the least, having jumped 1,500 to 2,000 kilometres [from the Philippines and Vietnam] and puts the disease on Australia’s doorstep,” he said.
“The cause of contamination is still unknown but if other infected countries are a guide, then humans are the likely cause of migration via either contaminated food products or simply [from being] present on clothing and shoes and carried into Timor from an infected country.”
Courtesy of abc.net.au