A quarter of all pigs could die from swine fever

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Mark Schipp, vice president of the World Organization for Animal Health, stated in a press conference on October 31 that roughly a quarter of the pig population worldwide is expected to die off as a result of the spread of African swine fever.

African swine fever is spread through bites by infectious ticks, contact through infected animals, contact with objects containing the virus, or by ingesting the meat of infected animals. The disease is spread by the DNA virus of the Asfarviridae family.

Symptoms of the disease include high fever, redness on the ears, abdomen, legs as well as diarrhea.

The disease can be fatal for pigs, though it isn't transmissible to humans.

There is currently no approved vaccine to prevent the spread of the disease, according to the World Organization for Animal Health.

The swine fever outbreak has already claimed as many as 100 million pigs in China, the Guardian reports. This has resulted in rising pork prices around the world, mainly due to increasing demand from China.

European pork prices have reached a six-year high, while the U.S. has managed to double its sale of pork to China.

The African swine fever virus has already been identified in 50 countries around the world, including Poland, Russia, South Korea and the Philippines.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. A quarter of pigs worldwide are expected to die due to African Swine fever
2. How African swine fever is typically spread
3. Virus that spreads the disease
4. Symptoms of African swine fever
5. The disease can be fatal for pigs but isn't transmissible to humans
6. There is currently no approved vaccine for African swine fever
7. How many pigs the disease has claimed in China
8. Pork prices rising around the world
9. Countries around the world hit by the virus

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Mark Schipp, vice president of the World Organization for Animal Health, stated in a press conference on October 31 that roughly a quarter of the pig population worldwide is expected to die off as a result of the spread of African swine fever."

"African swine fever is spread through bites by infectious ticks, contact through infected animals, contact with objects containing the virus, or by ingesting the meat of infected animals."

"The disease is spread by the DNA virus of the Asfarviridae family."

"Symptoms of the disease include high fever, redness on the ears, abdomen, legs as well as diarrhea."

"The disease can be fatal for pigs, though it isn't transmissible to humans."

"According to the World Organization for Animal Health, there is currently no approved vaccine to prevent the spread of the disease."

"The Guardian reports the swine fever outbreak has already claimed as many as 100 million pigs in China."

"This has resulted in rising pork prices around the world, mainly due to increasing demand from China."

"The African swine fever virus has already been identified in 50 countries around the world, including Poland, Russia, South Korea and the Philippines."

SOURCES: The Guardian, European Food Safety Authority, World Organization for Animal Health
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/31/quarter-of-worlds-pig-population-to-die-of-african-swine-fever
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/17/south-korea-confirms-african-swine-fever-outbreak
https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/topics/topic/african-swine-fever
https://www.oie.int/fileadmin/Home/eng/Animal_Health_in_the_World/docs/pdf/Disease_cards/ASF/Report_29_Current_situation_of_ASF.pdf
https://www.oie.int/en/animal-health-in-the-world/animal-diseases/african-swine-fever/