ASF is harmless to human beings but is highly contagious among pigs. | Screencap via miratorg.ru

Russia reports swine fever outbreak at one of Miratorg’s sites

MOSCOW, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Russia has reported an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) at a site of the country’s largest pork producer Miratorg in the Belgorod region in the central Russia, the agriculture safety watchdog said in a statement on Monday. Spread partly by wild boars, ASF is harmless to human beings but […] Read more

China’s sow herd contracted 0.5 percent in July from the previous month, state media said, after a plunge in hog prices pushed many farmers to get rid of unproductive sows. | Reuters photo

China’s sow herd shrunk last month

BEIJING, China (Reuters) — China’s sow herd declined for the first time in nearly two years, contracting 0.5 percent in July from the previous month, state media said, after a plunge in hog prices pushed many farmers to get rid of unproductive sows. In year-on-year terms, however, it was still up 25 percent, according to […] Read more

With all the variability of production and locations of the disease a single vaccine for ASF might not be possible. Two weeks ago, pigs were eating vegetables in the kitchen of a house in La Cienaga, Dajabon in the Dominican Republic. That government announced the slaughter of tens of thousands of pigs after detecting outbreaks of African swine fever in pig farms across the country.  |  Reuters/Ricardo Rojas photo

Vaccines not best option for ASF

In the last three years, the African swine fever virus has killed millions of pigs and forced producers to cull tens of millions of pigs in China, Vietnam, Eastern Europe and elsewhere. In late July, the deadly virus was detected in the Dominican Republic; the first time it’s been in the Americas in four decades. […] Read more


Farmer Nelson Aquino of Palmarito, Monte Cristi in the Dominican Republic stands in his barn after losing his pigs to African swine fever. AFS was first found in that province. His government says thousands of the island nation's 1.9 million pigs will be killed and many smaller farms depopulated in an attempt to control the disease.  |  Reuters/Ricardo Rojas photo

African swine fever spreads in Dominican

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Reuters) — The Dominican Republic will slaughter tens of thousands of pigs after detecting outbreaks of African swine fever in 14 of the country’s 32 provinces, authorities said last week. Fernando Duran, administrator of the state-run Banco Agricola, told a news conference the government will pay pig farmers the market price […] Read more

Confirmation of African swine fever cases in the Dominican Republic is a good thing if it encourages governments, industries and hog farmers to finally finalize their outbreak management plans.  |  File photo

ASF discovery is a terrible shock, but it may be needed

Why don’t we prepare for disasters even when we can see ourselves sailing toward the iceberg?That’s a psychological mystery we won’t resolve any time soon, but perhaps we can gain some relief from its flip-side: when we face a shock, we jump into action. The news that African swine fever has appeared in the Western […] Read more



Mexico tightens inspections in ports, airports amid African swine fever in region

MEXICO CITY, July 29 (Reuters) – Mexico is working with pork producers to firm up sanitary measures and “epidemiological surveillance” following a confirmed case of African swine fever in the Dominican Republic, the Mexican Agriculture Ministry said on Thursday. Mexican officials will reinforce animal inspections at all ports, airports and border crossings, the ministry said […] Read more

Dominican Republic to kill thousands of pigs over swine fever outbreak

SANTO DOMINGO, Aug 2 (Reuters) – The Dominican Republic will slaughter tens of thousands of pigs after detecting outbreaks of African swine fever in 11 of the country’s 32 provinces, authorities said on Monday. Fernando Duran, administrator of the state-run Banco Agricola, told a news conference the government will pay pig farmers the market price […] Read more


African swine fever has been found in samples from pigs in the Dominican Republic. | file photo

African swine fever found in Dominican Republic

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — African swine fever has reached the Western Hemisphere. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed yesterday that the deadly hog virus was found in samples from pigs in the Dominican Republic, fuelling concerns about the disease creeping closer to the North American mainland. The news prompted the Canada Border Services Agency to […] Read more

Chinese veterinary institutes identified new strains of the deadly hog disease in November and December of 2020. Those strains spread to a large portion of the herd before being detected. | File photo

Observers report that China’s hog recovery has stalled

A resurgence of African swine fever in China has stalled the swine herd recovery that helped trigger the bull run in grain markets, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Swine numbers are not likely to rebound until at least mid-2021,” the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service stated in a recent report. And that is assuming […] Read more