Hong Kong kills 5,600 pigs after African swine fever found at farm

Animal News : Hong Kong kills 5,600 pigs after African swine fever found at farm

Hong Kong authorities ordered the killing of around 5,600 pigs on Thursday after the African swine fever (ASF) virus was found at a farm. ASF was discovered at a pig farm in Lau Fau Shan after staff took samples from 37 pigs for testing.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said it would arrange for the cleaning and disinfection of the farm, monitor local pig farms closely, and conduct tests if necessary.

The department has notified the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) and is investigating the source of the virus.

African swine fever symptoms

ASF is a highly infectious and severe hemorrhagic disease of pigs, which is often fatal. The disease affects both domestic pigs and wild boars.

The animals get symptoms like high fever, rashes, anemia, and elevated pulse and respiration rates, often leading to death within four to seven days after symptoms appear.

The virus has been known for over a century, first described in 1921 in Kenya. It remained within the African continent until it reached Europe in 1957. Since then, there have been multiple outbreaks across different continents.

The spread has been difficult to control and has led to the killing of millions of pigs worldwide. When ASF is discovered at a farm, all animals -sick and healthy- are killed. Their bodies are then destroyed.

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