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  • Nigeria: 2020 African Swine Fever

    Source: https://www.pulse.ng/news/local/swin...m-afan/r2sttp3

    Swine fever virus kills pigs worth N7bn in Lagos farm - AFAN
    Today at 5:54 PM
    The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Lagos State Chapter, says swine fever virus has killed pigs worth about N7 billion in the Oke-Aro piggery farm during the COVID-19 lockdown in the state.

    Dr Femi Oke, AFAN’s Chairman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday, that the farm was stricken by the swine fever before the COVID-19 lockdown.

    African swine fever virus is a large, double-stranded DNA virus in the Asfarviridae family. The virus causes a hemorrhagic fever with high mortality rates in domestic pigs.

    Some isolates can cause death of animals as quickly as a week after infection.

    African swine fever is the biggest threat to commercial pig production the industry had ever seen, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health...

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    Source: https://thetaiwantimes.com/huge-swin...st-africa/3088

    Huge Swine Fever Outbreak In West Africa
    Published on 11 June 2020
    Mark Buckton

    Nigerian authorities have confirmed a huge outbreak of African swine fever in the south west of the country.

    So far, over 300,000 hogs have been culled in a move likely to affect the livelihood of tens of thousands of locals either directly or indirectly related to pig farming in the region...

    ...The latest outbreak in Nigeria has affected the state run Oke Aro government farm, reported to be the largest in the whole of West Africa which, even when operating at full capacity cannot cope with demand for pork from the local population of 50 million.

    At least two farmers are also reported to have died as a result of shock on the farm according to local officials leading the local government to start distributing food aid in the region...

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      'Nearly one million pigs killed' as African swine fever worsens in Nigeria

      Outbreaks of disease becoming increasingly common, with latest ‘worst ever’ for continent

      An outbreak of African swine fever in Nigeria is reportedly “decimating” livestocks as farmers cull hundreds of thousands of pigs in efforts to stop the disease.

      The outbreak began earlier this year in the state of Lagos - the region around the country’s most populous city of the same name - and has now spread to many other parts of the country.

      The viral disease does not affect humans, but has around a 100 per cent fatality rate for pigs.

      An outbreak of the disease in Asian countries last year saw around 6 million animals culled.

      The current outbreak has hit Nigeria’s largest pig co-operative, Oke Aro Farm, where over 300,000 pigs have been killed according to a worker who spoke to the BBC, while another worker at the same co-operative later told The Guardian more than 500,000 pigs had now been culled.

      But a wider lack of official record keeping means both overall numbers and the spread of the disease are difficult to measure. African swine fever is currently known to have spread to at least a quarter of Nigeria’s 36 states.

      One farmer told The Guardian as many as a million pigs could already have been killed.

      African swine fever has become increasingly common in recent years, with more than 60 outbreaks across Africa between 2016 and 2019. But the current outbreak is the worst yet.

      An outbreak of African swine fever in Nigeria is reportedly “decimating” livestocks as farmers cull hundreds of thousands of pigs in efforts to stop the disease. The outbreak began earlier this year in the state of Lagos - the region around the country’s most populous city of the same name - and has now spread to many other parts of the country. The viral disease does not
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