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Ottawa, Nov 1 (Canadian-Media): Rapidly spreading African swine fever may kill around a quarter of the world's pigs, said the president of the World Organization for Animal Health said Thursday.
Pig at risk of African Swine Fever/Twitter
A world crisis had already arisen due to spread of this fatal disease to countries including China, which has half the world's pigs
The disease's spread in the past year to countries including China, , had inflamed a global 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," said Dr. Mark Schipp, Australia's chief veterinary officer "And it's the biggest threat to any commercial livestock of our generation."
African swine fever, fatal to hogs but no threat to humans, has wiped out pig herds in many Asian countries. Chinese authorities have destroyed about 1.2 million pigs in an effort to contain the disease there since August 2018.
Schipp said quality control was difficult for products such as skins for sausages, salamis and similar foods.