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African swine fever could kill a quarter of all pigs in the world

A quarter of all pigs in the world could die of African swine fever, the Associated Press said in a statement containing a statement by World Veterinary Organization President Mark Schipp. The statement suggests that this viral disease, which affects pigs on farms around the world, is taken seriously by institutions.

In addition to possible food shortages that would lead to higher prices for all pig feeds, the wider spread of the disease could also lead to shortages of other products, especially heparin, an anticoagulant derived from the intestinal mucosa or light pigs. The drug is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines and is considered a key medicine.

What is most worrying is the spread of the disease among pigs in China, a country with the largest pig farms in the world, where pork prices have doubled over the past year.

This is the biggest threat to the head of any human-bred cattle,” says Shipp. However, Schipp notes that this disease will not have direct consequences for humans, in the sense that the virus itself is not transmitted from pig to man. With regard to vaccines, Schipp himself admits that a number of steps forward have been taken, but the finished product has not yet been obtained, including because the virus is very complex.

Kelly Owen

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Kelly Owen