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What we know about the uncurable African Swine Fever that kills pigs and agricultural value


African Swine Fever or ASF is a viral disease that affects the domestic and wild pigs, it is responsible for a serious production loss and cause economic problem. Consumption of meat coming from animals affected by African swine fever causes several illness to humans.

The disease likely to spread among pigs on either domestic or in the wild by any live or dear pig or even just a pork product. It is considered as transboundary animal disease, it can be spread affecting non-living materials like shoes, clothes, knives, equipment that have been touched by an affected ASF meat.

As a highly contagious hemorrhagic viral disease, ASF has no approved vaccine and will cause serious economic loss. Taiwan is very strict on meat products, strict inspections on airports and seaports have been implemented.

According to World Organization for Animal Health, confirmed outbreaks have spread in China and some parts of Europe. Philippines now has its memorandum uer Memorandum Order No.23 imposing ban on the importation of domestic and wild pigs and their products.
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