African Swine Fever keeps spreading in Asia, threatening food security

  • The spread of African swine fever (ASF) in Asia is taking a worrisome turn.
  • First reported in northeastern China in August 2018, the highly contagious, often fatal pig disease quickly swept through the country, causing the death or culling of more than 1 million pigs.
  • In recent weeks, it has jumped borders to Vietnam, Cambodia, Mongolia, Hong Kong, and possibly North Korea. Many of the newly hit countries are even less prepared to deal with ASF than China, experts say, which has so far failed to end its outbreaks.

Source: Science Magazine