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African swine fever spreading, may kill 25% of world's pigs
« on: October 31, 2019, 10:08:18 PM »
AP, 10/31/19: Scientists Say Quarter of All Pigs Could Die of Swine Fever

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Around a quarter of the world’s pigs are expected to die from African swine fever as authorities grapple with a complex disease spreading rapidly in the globalization era, the World Organization for Animal Health’s president said Thursday.

A sharp reduction in the world’s pig population would lead to possible food shortages and high pork prices, and it might also cause shortfalls in the many products made from pigs, such as the blood-thinner heparin that’s used in people, said Dr. Mark Schipp, the organization’s president.

The disease’s spread in the past year to countries including China, which has half the world’s pigs, had inflamed a worldwide crisis, Schipp told reporters at a briefing in Sydney.

“I don’t think the species will be lost, but it’s the biggest threat to the commercial raising of pigs we’ve ever seen,” he said. “And it’s the biggest threat to any commercial livestock of our generation.”...

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Re: African swine fever spreading, may kill 25% of world's pigs
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2019, 09:08:33 AM »
25% would be considerable.

Wonder what the total population is

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Re: African swine fever spreading, may kill 25% of world's pigs
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2019, 09:46:29 AM »
I wonder how it spreads and is it containable.  If we get it in the will the wild population just keep it going.

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Re: African swine fever spreading, may kill 25% of world's pigs
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2019, 10:55:41 AM »
Interesting subject. Wikipedia claims there are about 1 billion individuals alive at any one time, the domestic pig being one of the most populous large mammals on earth. Lots of stuff about African swine fever on the internet.