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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.

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Re: African swine fever spreading, may kill 25% of world's pigs
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2019, 04:15:49 PM »
Unexpected side-effect of the swine fever epidemic: aircraft have their navigational systems jammed.

No, really.

South China Morning Post, 12/20/19: China flight systems jammed by pig farm’s African swine fever defences

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A Chinese pig farm’s attempt to ward off drones – said to be spreading African swine fever – jammed the navigation systems of a number of planes flying overhead. ...

The device came to light after a series of flights to and from Harbin airport complained about losing GPS signals...

Chinese state media reported last week that gangs were exploiting the African swine fever crisis by deliberately spreading the disease by using drones to drop infected items on to pig farms. The farmers are then forced to sell meat cheaply to the gangs, who then sell it on as healthy stock...

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example of people purposefully spreading diseases
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2019, 04:27:29 PM »

 This does happen, luckily the government is always there to help top it contrary to libertarians ideas about government :sarcasm:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3042122/chinese-criminal-gangs-spreading-african-swine-fever-force

Chinese criminals have been exploiting the country’s African swine fever crisis by intentionally spreading the disease to force farmers to sell their pigs for a low price before smuggling the meat and selling it on as healthy stock, state media has reported.
Sometimes the gangs spread rumours about the virus, which is fatal to pigs, but in more extreme cases they are using drones to drop infected items into farms, according to an investigation by the magazine China Comment, which is affiliated to state news agency Xinhua,
The disease has reduced the country’s pig herds by over 40 per cent because of mass culls designed to stop it spreading further.
The resulting shortages have seen pork prices more than double, providing opportunities for the criminals to exploit.

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Re: African swine fever spreading, may kill 25% of world's pigs
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2019, 01:08:21 AM »
Had a brief Intel by a Vet that I used to work with. He and many others are now roaming northern Greece in a educating campaign.
The ASF is all over neighboring Bulgaria and measures have been taken to hinder the spread in our side.
Among them the forest rangers are turning a blind eye in excessive wild pig hunting, since they just walk through borders.
Vehicles (and soil) is a prime vector, and from my agronomist experience reusable packing crates are to be considered too (very often used between farming products trade between the two countries).
The virus' symptoms are easy to diagnose by anyone shown what to expect.
Of economic importance is that once there is a single incident in a flock/farm ALL pigs should be exterminated.
So that 25% is not strange at all.

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Re: African swine fever spreading, may kill 25% of world's pigs
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2019, 02:43:22 AM »

 I am not assuming anything on this, it reminds me of the dire predictions of AIDS in the 1980's and other things. These so called "gangs" using drones to spread disease is also very odd. I would suspect rather it is likely to be the communist state itself.