6 May, Thimphu: Bhutan prepares for emergency response actions to tackle African Swine Fever (ASF) following the report of ASF mortality in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, India on May 2. The case was confirmed by the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal.
ASF is a severe viral disease of pigs affecting both domestic and wild pigs. It does not directly affect public health and does not transmit from animals to humans. It is a terminal and highly infectious viral disease which causes a serious impact on the pig population and there is no vaccine nor cure for ASF. It can be spread by live or dead pigs and pork and occur via contaminated feed and objects such as shoes, clothes, vehicles, knives and other equipment. The disease has been spreading globally for several years since its first report from China in August 2018.
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