If you love pigs, then you understand the sorrow of many hog raisers. The outbreak of the African Swine Fever spread across the entire Asian continent. In the Philippines, the authorities captured 7,000 pigs from two affected towns and other towns nearby. Some hog raisers object to the government’s move. They fret the lost of their livelihood.

But, how deadly is this disease really? There is nothing to worry about for humans. Although it is contagious to pigs, it does not affect human beings. The government health authorities reassures the people. It is still safe to eat pork.

Now, where did this African Swine Fever come from? It all started in Africa. The disease began spreading among forest pigs and wild boars grazing in the Saharan desert. Because it was contagious, domestically raised swine contacted the disease. Eventually, the disease continued moving across Europe through Portugal in 1957. Contaminated meat products brought the disease across the European continent.

The highly contagious ASF is also known as warthog fever. The asfarvirus carries this disease. It attacks swine with high fever, lesions, low count of white blood cells, elevated pulse and respiration rate. The pigs could die with this disease as quickly as four to seven days when the fever hits them.

The Africa Swine Fever virus can survive heat and decay. It can live for as long as six months even in frozen meat. That is how it spread across all other countries in the globe. Although the virus is not harmful to human health, the health authorities still remain vigilant about the spread of the disease. It is always better to be safe than sorry.


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