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African swine fever (ASF) situation update in Asia & Pacific

02 February 2023, 08:30 hours; Rome

Overview

Hazard: African swine fever (ASF) is a viral disease affecting pigs and wild boar with up to 100% case fatality rate.

ASF reported countries since August 2018: China, Mongolia, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, The Philippines, Republic of Korea, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, India, Malaysia, Bhutan, Thailand, Nepal.

Map 1. ASF situation in Asia (for the past 10 weeks)

ASF situation in Asia (for the past 10 weeks)

Source: Viet Nam: WAHIS & media information, Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Timor-Leste: WAHIS and government websites, Other: WAHIS.

Situation update

Mongolia
Since its first report on 15 January 2019, 11 outbreaks in 6 provinces and in Ulaanbaatar have been reported, around 3 000 pigs were lost due to the ASF, with the latest onset being April 2019 [reference1, reference2, reference3].

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
The Ministry of Agriculture confirmed the occurrence of the first ASF outbreak in Chagang-do on 23 May 2019 [reference].

Republic of Korea
Since the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) confirmed the first ASF outbreak on 17 September 2019, ASF was detected in 28 domestic pig farms: Gyeonggi-do ( 13), Incheon City (5), and Gangwon-do (13). On 22 January 2023, 9 pigs died on a farm (2 500 pigs) in Gimpo City, Gyeonggi-do, and tested positive for ASF [reference1]. As of 1 February 2023, a total of 2 799 ASF virus infected wild boars were confirmed in: Gyeonggi-do: Paju (100), Yeoncheon (418), Pocheon (94), Gapyeong (62), Taebeak (2); Gangwon-do: Cheorwon (36), Hwacheon (425), Chuncheon (222), Yanggu (81), Goseong (12), Inje (158), Yeongwol (194), Yangyang (36), Gangneung (108), Hongcheon (63), Pyeongchang (43), Sockho (1), Jeongseon (168), Hoengseong (57), Samcheok (71), Wonju (29), and Donghae (8) Chungcheongbuk-do: Danyang (98), Jecheon (70), Boeun (74), Chungju (53), and Goesan (1); Gyeongsangbuk-do: Sangju (45), Uljin (10), Mungyeong (46), Yeongju (3), Bonghwa (10) and Yecheon (1) [reference2], according to media.

China
Since the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) confirmed the first outbreak in Liaoning Province on 3 August 2018, ASF were detected in 32 provinces/autonomous regions/municipalities/special administrative region. The last reported outbreak was in February 2022 in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The Philippines
Since the Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed the first outbreak started in July 2019, as of July 2022, 53 provinces have experienced ASF outbreaks [reference1]. On Visayas, as of 31 January 2023, ASF virus is present in 19 municipalities in Iloilo Province, namely Alimodian, Badiangan, Banate, Barotac Nuevo, Barotac Viejo, Batad, Dingle, Duenas, Dumangas, Ilo-Ilo City, Janiuay, Leganes, Mina, New Lucena, Oton, San Dionisio, San Miguel, Sta. Barbara, and Zarraga and the towns of Buenavista and Jordan in Guimaras Province. The latest map on ASF zoning status (as of 25 January) is available [reference2].

Malaysia
The first ASF outbreaks were confirmed in February 2021 in Sabah State on Borneo [reference1], and has also been reported in Sarawak State [reference2]. On the Malay Peninsula, ASF was first reported in December 2021, and has been reported in Melaka, Pahang, Perak, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Trengganu and Kelantan states [reference3]. According to media, in Perak State, ASF was detected between December and 13 January on four farms in Batang Padang district (1) and in Kuala Kangsar district (3) [reference4]; and in Negeri Sembilan State, a decayed carcass of an adult male wild boar was found on a farm in Pasir Panjang, Port Dickson on 3 January, the bone samples tested positive for ASF by real time PCR [reference5]. In Penang State, since ASF outbreak was detected in Seberang Perai Selatan District on 6 January, a total of 23 farms, account for nearly 20% of its pig population of the state have been affected in: Seberang Perai Selatan District (17 farms), Seberang Perai Utara District (4), Seberang Perai Tengah District (2) , according to media [reference6].

Indonesia
Since the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) reported an ASF outbreak in North Sumatra Province in 2019 [reference1, reference2], ASF has been officially reported in 18 out of 34 provinces on: Sumatera (Lampung, North, South, West, Riau, Jambi), Bangka Belitung, Java (Central, West, Yogyakarta, East, Banten), Kalimantan (Central, North, East, West), Bali and East Nusa Tenggara. The Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health Services posted ASF outbreaks on its Integrated real-time animal health and production information system (iSIKHNAS). During 2022, a total of 6 900 pigs were affected, of which 77% was in West Kalimantan [reference3, reference4]. Media reported that in North Sumatra Province, 2 000 pigs have died suddenly in Medan City and Deli Serdang, Karo, and Serdang Bedagai and Humbang Hasundutan Regencies [reference5, reference6]; and in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province, a total of 256 domestic pigs died of ASF quoting the Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health Division of the NTT Animal Husbandry Service; since mid-December as of 26 January 2023, the deaths were reported from eight districts/cities namely Kupang District (75 pigs), Kupang City (39), and Sikka (42), Ende (41), East Flores (33), Southwest Sumba (22), North Central Timor (3), and West Sumba (1) regencies [reference7, reference8]. According to various media sources, pigs have been transferred from an island to another to fulfil consumer and re-stocking needs: 9 000 pigs were brought into West Kalimantan around Luner New Year [reference9]; a total of 300 pigs were sent from Kupang to Sikka, East Flores and other regencies at 50 pigs each, and 40 pigs to Ende [reference10, reference11].

Timor-Leste
After the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries announced the confirmation of ASF outbreak on 27 September 2019 [reference1], ASF spread to almost all villages within one year. At least 129 000 pigs, 28 percent of the total pig population, have died for ASF or CSF [reference2], affected >70 percent of households [reference3].

Papua New Guinea
The National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority (NAQIA) confirmed ASF outbreaks in Southern Highlands Province in March 2020 [reference1, reference2]. To prevent further spread, the entire Highlands region and Morobe Province have been declared as “Disease Area”, although Morobe province remains ASF-free status.

Viet Nam
Since the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) confirmed its first ASF outbreak on 19 February 2019, all provinces/municipalities experienced outbreaks.

Figure 1. Cumulative number of affected communes since January 2020 in Viet Nam

Cumulative number of affected communes since January 2020 in Viet Nam

Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Since the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry confirmed the first ASF outbreak in Salavan Province on 20 June 2019, ASF outbreaks were reported in all 18 provinces [reference]. In November 2022, ASF was confirmed in pigs in Kham District, Xiangkhouang Province.

Cambodia
Since the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) confirmed the first ASF outbreak in Ratanakiri Province in April 2019, ASF outbreaks were detected in five provinces [reference1]. The last reported outbreak was in July 2019 [reference2].

Thailand
Department of Livestock Development (DLD) announced in January 2022 the confirmation of ASF in pet pigs in Bangkok [reference1]. On 5 January 2023, 7 new ASF outbreaks in domestic pigs started between 16 November and 25 December and 1 continuing outbreak were posted on WAHIS [reference2]. As of 5 January 2023, a total of 114 outbreaks have been reported in 35 out of 77 provinces/special administrative area, with the latest reported outbreak occurred on 25 December 2022 in Phetchaburi Province [reference3]. Meanwhile, ten wild boar carcasses were found at the Khlong Wang Sai Watershed Forest in Yala Province, according to media [reference4].

Myanmar
Since the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation confirmed the first ASF outbreak in August 2019, a total of 11 outbreaks were reported in Shan (7), Kachin (1), Kayah (1) states, and Sagaing Region (2) [reference1, reference2, reference3, reference4, reference5; reference6; reference7] with the latest outbreak reported in June 2021.

Bhutan
Since the first ASF outbreak occurred in May 2021 in Phuentsholing, Chhukha District [reference1], ASF outbreaks have been reported in southern part of the country, in April 2022 in Samphelling, Chhukha District, in November in Samdrup Jongkhar and Sarpang districts, and in December in Sarpang District [reference2, reference3, reference4]. A new outbreak in Bhur, Sarpang District was reported on 15 January 2023 [reference5].

Nepal
Since the first ASF outbreaks occurred in Kathmandu Valley in March 2022 [reference1], ASF outbreaks in pig farms have been reported in areas in Hill eco-zone near Kathmandu and Pokhara, and in multiple districts in southern Terai eco-zone. So far 33 outbreaks in 16 districts have been reported namely: Bagmati Province (Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Kavrepalanchok, and Chitwan districts), Province No.1 (Sunsari, Jhapa and Morang districts), Lumbini Province (Bardiya and Dang districts), Gandaki Province (Kaski and Syangja districts), Karnali Province (Surkhet and Jajarkot districts), Sudurpashchim Province (Kailali District) and Madhesh Province (Bara District) [reference2]. According to media, ASF cases were also confirmed in Myagdi District in Gandaki Province [reference3].

India
Since the first ASF outbreaks occurred in Assam State in January-April 2020 [reference1], ASF outbreaks have been officially reported in Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland [reference2 ], Sikkim [reference3], Bihar [reference4], Kerala [reference5], Punjab [reference6, reference7] and Haryana states [reference8]. According to media, ASF was also confirmed in Gujarat [reference9], Jharkhand [reference10], Karnataka [reference11], Madhya Pradesh [reference12], Rajasthan [reference9], Tripura [reference13], Uttarakhand [reference14], Uttar Pradesh [reference15] states, and Delhi Union Territory [reference16]; for the past one month, ASF cases have been detected in Kerala (Kasaragod and Kottayam districts) [reference17, reference18], Punjab (Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar District) [reference19], and Madhya Pradesh (Rewa, Sidhi, Jabalpur, Shahdol, Mandla, Katni, Satna, Shivpuri, Tikamgarh, and Damoh districts) [reference20, reference21]. Media reported that ASF was also suspected in Bandipur Tiger Reserve (Chamarajanagar District, Karnataka State) and Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR, Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu State) in the Sigur Plateau where animals moving freely between the two reserves; and in Gudalur forest range [reference22, reference23, reference24, reference25]; in Karnataka, 19 wild boars found dead in Bandipur Tiger Reserve a month ago; in Tamil Nadu, more than 50 wild boars died in Nilgiris District near the MTR such as in Kothagiri, Keelkothagiri, Coonoor, Manjoor and Ooty. In both places ASF was suspected as the cause. ASF has not been reported in domestic pigs in Nilgiris district [reference26, reference27].

Disputed territory(Arunachal Pradesh)
In April 2020, ASF outbreak occurred in eight districts [reference1, reference2], deaths of wild boars were also reported [reference3, reference4]. ASF was also confirmed in pigs died in Nirjuli area between December 2021 and February 2022 [reference5] according to media.


Actions taken

Actions taken by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea developed the National Strategy for ASF prevention and control during 2020-2025 (issued in May 2021).

Actions taken by the Republic of Korea
In response to the outbreak confirmed on 22 January, the ASF Task Force 1. dispatched initial quarantine team and an epidemiological investigation team, to conduct movement control of livestock, vehicles to the farm, disinfection, and epidemiological investigation, 2. placed a 48-hour standstill order on workers and vehicles of pig farms, slaughterhouses and feed factories etc livestock-related facilities in the Gyeonggi area (including Cheorwon and Incheon, Gangwon), 3. Conducted high level inspection (PCR) on 107 pig farms within 10 km from outbreak farm and other epidemiological related pig farms, and clinically checked 286 farms that visited slaughterhouses to which the outbreak farm had contact, 4. mobilized all available disinfection resources (92 units) to intensively disinfect pig farms and surrounding roads in 36 cities/counties in the Gyeonggi area (including Cheorwon and Incheon, Gangwon). In addition, raising awareness nationwide and all farms in the Gyeonggi area. Pig farms are requested to let vehicles entering and exiting the farm passing through a disinfection facility, with supplementary disinfection of the wheels and lower parts with a high-pressure sprayer [reference1, reference2].

Actions taken by China
In April 2021, MARA issued the “Work Plan for Regional Prevention and Control of African Swine Fever and Other Major Animal Diseases (Trial)”. The whole country was divided into five regions, and pig movement has been restricted only within the region. ASF-free zones are created in each region, only pigs from the free zones, breeding pigs and piglets are allowed to move beyond respective regions [reference1]. On 16 January 2023, China Centre for Animal Disease Control and Prevention (CADC) released the Technical Guidelines on ASF Prevention and Control during the Spring Festival [reference2].

Actions taken by the Philippines 
The reduced tariff rates of imported pork has been extended until 31 December 2023 [reference1]. The local authorities are mandated to strictly follow the National Zoning implementation and movement plan depending on the level of ASF risks [reference2]. In Bicol Region, out of the 65 towns/cities reported ASF from 2020 to 2022, 36 are now in the pink zones or ASF-free. The Department of Agriculture-Bicol (DA-5) distributed piglets to 23 municipalities as part of its swine repopulation program (BABay ASF). The program is being implemented in partnership with the local governments, pig farmers’ groups and the private sector, targeting to distribute 4,275 piglets to the pig farmer in municipalities previously affected by ASF and had no reported ASF cases for at least 80 days [reference3]. On Visayas, the Iloilo provincial government is planning to strengthen the biosecurity measures especially on backyard farms; and start pig repopulation in red zone areas using artificial insemination to prevent possible ASF transmission [reference4]. The DA-6 (Western Visayas) may start pig repopulation in Oton only after carrying out a risk assessment. An environmental surveillance has been started to check if the red zone areas are already disease-free to start repopulation [reference5, reference6]. Cebu and Aklan provinces banned the importation of pigs and pork products from ASF affected areas [reference7, reference8], while Antique Province maintains intensified border checkpoints [reference9], and Negros Occidental Province with a PHP 6-billion (USD 110 million) pig industry, closely watching the ports of entry in the south where people and goods from the neighbouring islands regularly pass through [reference10]. To control the spread of ASF and other animal diseases, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) handed over a disinfection vehicle to Aklan Province in January 2023 [reference11].

Figure 2. Live pig prices in China, Viet Nam, Cambodia, the Philippines and Thailand (USD/kg)

Live pig prices in China, Viet Nam, Cambodia,  the Philippines, and Thailand (USD/kg)

 

Actions taken by Malaysia
After the first confirmed outbreak in Sabah State, surveillance has been intensified in the whole country [reference1]. The government of Penang has declared ASF as state disaster [reference2]; initially there was an issue in finding burial site for culled pigs, however with the help of local authorities all the pigs in Seberang Perai Selatan District have been buried in areas far from public settlements. Veterinary Services Department (JPV) Penang is sampling and destroying pigs infected with ASF with support from JPV Putrajaya [reference3]; Negeri Sembilan State issued a ban on wild boar hunting [reference4]; In Perak State, all farms that are ASF suspected/confirmed have been quarantined; a movement restriction has been imposed on all farms located within a 2 km radius and farms that shared pig transport vehicles until surveillance is completed. Pig farmers are also advised to enhance farm biosecurity, and contact the Department of Veterinary Services for any domestic/wild pig death [reference5], according to media.

Actions taken by Indonesia
In December 2019, Ministry of Agriculture recommended the public the application of biosecurity and good management of pig farms as the main strategic steps to prevent ASF, as well as strict and intensive monitoring of high-risk areas [reference1]; the Livestock and Animal Health Services (DG PKH) formed Emergency Posts with Rapid Response Teams at all levels [reference2]. Recently, Lembata and East Flores Regencies in East Nusa Tenggara Province announced a ban on bringing livestock or processed pork products from outside the area to prevent the spread of ASF [reference3, reference4]. After five samples tested positive for ASF, Sikka Regency issued a letter (524.3/08/I/2023) requesting villages to be vigilant. Maumere Quarantine Office confiscated 12 insulated boxes at the Lorens Say Maumere Port, Sikka Regency, containing wild boar meat from Bau-Bau, Southeast Sulawesi Province on 29 January 29 2023 [reference5, reference6]; The NTT Animal Husbandry Service provided Kupang Regency with 1 000 L of disinfectant, and is ready to distribute also to other areas [reference7], according to media.

Actions taken by Timor-Leste
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) reactivated their public awareness campaign in collaboration with the Market Development Facility Australia to provide more accurate information for farmers and promote better practices [reference1, reference2]. To move a pig, pig transportation license for the driver, and pre-movement testing of pigs are required; and everybody are encouraged to follow biosecurity measures, according to media [reference3]. ‘African Swine Fever is Triggering Market Shifts’ MDF MarketView Timor-Leste #9, October 2022was released that describes measures applied and value chain changes observed [reference4].

Actions taken by Papua New Guinea
NAQIA stepped up its ASF national risk communications and awareness campaign; strengthened responses for affected provinces and preparedness for non-infected provinces along the highway; urged farmers to practice biosecurity measures. “Quarantine Areas” and checkpoints at strategic locations have been set to control the movements of pigs and pork products. A restricted pig movement permit system has been implemented [reference1reference2]. NAQIA is encouraging all provinces to develop their own ASF preparedness and response plans. NAQIA is now in the Recovery Phase of the ASF Response Plan with the aim to re-establish pig farming in the infected zone. The ASF impact survey Conducted in Upper Highlands illustrated strong need for value-chain and behaviour change communication (VC/BCC) [reference3]. NAQIA launched Biosecurity Policy 2022-2032 on 24 June 2022 [reference4], according to media. NAQIA recently launched the ASF repository website. NAQIA organized a 3-day national stakeholders consultation workshop on FMD, LSD and ASF in December 2022 [reference5].

Actions taken by Viet Nam
The “National Plan for the Prevention and Control of African Swine Fever for the period of 2020 – 2025” endorsed on 7 July 2020 (972/QD-TTg) set goals for ASF control, pig farm biosecurity application and laboratory capacity development to be achieved; defined restocking conditions, sampling requirements, surveillance, conditions for culling and moving-to-slaughter. The Department of Animal Health announced the licensing of NAVET-ASFVAC in June 2022. According to media, Viet Nam also licensed AVAC ASF LIVE on 8 July 2022. Up to July 2023 (phase 1), a total of 1.2 million doses of ASF vaccines are allowed to be used in 36 provinces/municipalities. By the end of December 2022, around 30,000 doses were used in 22 provinces/municipalities. According to media, a major livestock company vaccinated 271 424 pigs on 226 farms with the AVAC ASF LIVE vaccine; after 4 weeks of vaccination, collected 660 blood samples from 41 farms which showed 94.85% positive for anti-ASF antibody by ELISA [reference1, reference2, reference3]. Media also reported that in accordance with the Law on Environmental Protection (2020, Clause 8, Article 3), the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Ha Tinh Province organized training to guide farms, livestock and aquaculture establishments on how to comply and obtain ‘environmental license’ that all livestock farms and aquaculture establishments must apply for within 36 months [reference4].

Actions taken by Lao People’s Democratic Republic
When an ASF outbreak confirmed, the Ministry designates Red Area around an outbreak to control the movement of pig and pork products and prohibits pork consumption; and yellow Area (3 km radius from the red areas) as designated surveillance zones. In response to the new ASF outbreaks in December 2022, DLF deployed a task force to Xiengkhuang Province, control measures have been implemented.

Actions taken by Cambodia
Cambodia has temporarily suspended imports of pigs from neighbouring countries [reference1, reference2], in-country pig movement control has also been strengthened [reference3, reference4]. On 13 January 2023, the intervention team of the General Department of Animal Health and Animal Production seized a vehicle carrying 5 cases with 45 frozen pigs without a permit in Kandal Province, in collaboration with the Economic Crime Police Office of the province [reference5].

Actions taken by Thailand
DLD implements ASF contingency plan with clinical practice guidelines [reference1] while the provinces monitor and follow-up the situation in accordance with the guidelines [reference2]. DLD is promoting the improvement of disease prevention systems and biosafety on farms, arranging low-interest loans [reference3]. The Prime Minister ordered relevant agencies to continue crackdown pork product smuggling, as quantity seized during 2022 reached one million kilograms [reference4].

Actions taken by Myanmar
Various control measures including movement control, surveillance, official carcass disposal have been implemented and raised awareness on good animal husbandry practices [reference].

Actions taken by Bhutan
The authority implemented 3D (Depopulation, Disposal and Disinfection) operation, surveillance, quarantine, movement control, awareness raising, import ban, and encouraged farmers to adopt good pig farming practices [reference1]. In response to the new ASF outbreaks, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MOAF) strengthened containment measures and called on farmers to strengthen biosecurity on their farms, properly cook swill before feeding, avoid domestic pigs contacting wild boars, and report any abnormal signs of pigs. Department of Livestock, MOAF notified to public that failing to promptly report any suspicious deaths shall result in penalties [reference2]. The government of Sarpang District urged all hotels/restaurants to stop buying illegal pork and giving swill to pig farms [reference3]. Sales of pork products has been suspended in the affected areas [reference4] while authorities have been visiting pig farms to sensitize farm owners and inspect the management of the farms [reference5] according to media. To enhance biosecurity and food safety services, the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) launched an online Bhutan biosecurity and food safety system (BBFSS) [reference6].

Actions taken by Nepal
Various control measures have been implemented including surveillance, quarantine, disposal of carcasses, movement control, disinfection, and ante and post-mortem inspections [reference1]. In response to the new ASF outbreaks in Myagdi District in Gandaki Province, authorities requested pig raisers to isolate any ASF suspected pigs and report without delay, and dispose dead pigs by burial [reference2], according to media.

Actions taken by India
The Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying (DAHD) released the Disease Control Strategy Plan in June 2020 as guidance for State / UT Governments for ASF prevention, control and containment [reference1]. Individual ASF detected area implements control measures with reference to the guidance. According to media, on 1 February 2023, the finance minister announced the Union Budget for fiscal year 2023-24, the DAHD received Rs 4,327.85 crore (approx. USD 53 billion), increased by almost 40% from Rs 3,105.17 crore in 2022-23. A significant part of the total allocation went to the livestock health and disease control programme - Rs 2,349.71 crore [reference2]. On 18 January 2023, Champhai District in Mizoram State issued a notice and 1) banned import of pigs, pork and pork products from other countries/states; 2) prohibited slaughter of pigs, and ordered 3) separation of sick pigs, and 4) immediately notify veterinary offices – as precautional measures in response to rumours of pig deaths in neighbouring country [reference3]. Madhya Pradesh State is monitoring the movement of pigs in affected areas [reference4]; in Punjab State, Lalewal Village in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar District has been declared as infected area and the district issued an order to ban the movements of pigs, pork, pork products, pig feed, and any pig farm related equipment and machinery in and out of the infected area [reference5]; Tamil Nadu State banned cross border transport of live pigs to/from Nilgiris District and swill feeding, strengthened eight checkpoints in Gudalur taluk, and requested farmers to fence their farms and disinfect around their farms [reference6, reference7], the DAHD has coordinated with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu states, and issued advisories to Animal Husbandry Departments and Forest Departments for taking preventive measures as per the National Action Plan of ASF. The Forest Department deployed teams to retrieve and destroy any carcasses of wild boars in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve [reference8] according to media.

FAO's recommendation

ASF virus can be transmitted through pork and pork products (raw/frozen/dried/under-cooked) in which the virus can survive for a long time. As COVID-19 related travel restriction has been eased in many countries, the number of travellers returning from the Lunar New Year holiday may increase during this period. Intensive border/customs control of passengers’ luggage is recommended. Warning signs should be placed clearly at the border/customs entry including airports and seaports, stating the consequences of bringing pork and pork products from ASF-infected countries/regions, and instructing passengers to discard pork products in designated disposal places or to hand over to the customs personnel.

Countries of the region

  • Animal disease containment in its broadest sense should be prioritized within the highest levels of governments.
  • Preparedness (e.g. contingency planning, standard operating procedures— SOPs, secured financial support) based on the principles of early warning, detection and notification, early reaction, and coordination. It needs to be reviewed periodically in relation to changing disease situation.
  • Application of strict biosecurity measures, frequently clean and disinfect farms, transport vehicles, and improved husbandry practices and production systems.
  • Strengthen surveillance and monitor transport of live pigs as well as pork products.
  • Good communication and coordination with swine producing commercial sector and swine famers are essential to strengthen cooperation in ASF prevention, detection, and control. Awareness and training of all stakeholders, from veterinarians to farmers, intermediaries and other value chain actors is needed.
  • Communication to public is to be in place to avoid the rumours leading to food safety perceptions and consumption disruption.
  • Farm registries, animal identification and censuses are essential to enable to locate animals in the event of outbreaks and animal health interventions.
  • Prohibition of swill feeding. When it is unavoidable than swill feed should not contain the remains of pigs. Swill should be boiled and allowed to cool before feeding.
  • Strengthen proper disposal of food waste (food services, airports, seaports), which may contain uncooked pork products.
  • Sustainable outbreak control strategies must be in place. The strategies need to be developed in consultation with the private sector (pig production and allied industries, such as transport, feed operators) who should be actively involved in disease management options.

National Considerations, Inter-Regional Collaboration and Solidarity

  • Strengthening intraregional networks on disease management and diagnostic protocols.
  • Understanding pig and pork value chains within the country and with neighbouring countries is essential for improved risk management.

 

FAO's actions

  • FAO ECTAD RAP website launched, featuring all ASF control efforts in the region https://www.fao.org/in-action/ectad.
  • FAO released a global alert message on increased risk of ASF spread during holidays season on 16 December 2022 [link]
  • Global African Swine Fever Research Alliance (GARA) Gap Analysis Workshop will be held in Kampala, Uganda from 7 to 9 February 2023 [register].
  • FAO ECTAD RAP organized a one-hour webinar on 15 November 2022 (12 pm ICT) on practical guidelines for ASF prevention and control in smallholder settings [link].
  • FAO ECTAD RAP released a series of info-cards targeting farmers, animal health workers, traders, general public and travellers etc. to raise awareness on ASF. Links available at the Important links below.
  • FAO ECTAD in Lao People’s Democratic Republic trained all animal health officers in Champasack, Saravan, Savannakhet, Khammouane, Bolikhamxay, Houaphanh, Xiengkhuang, Xayaboury Provinces, and Vientiane Capital to strengthen capability to prevent and control ASF.
  • FAO ECTAD in Indonesia and the Ministry of Agriculture prepared technical guidelines for basic services for zoonoses outbreaks and animal health events with a high socioeconomic impact (e.g. FMD, LSD, ASF) and held and advocacy meeting on the Minimum Service Standards (SPM) which will assist subnational governments in dealing with future zoonoses outbreaks and emergencies. The SPM will be piloted in Lampung Province.
  • FAO participated in a workshop to design a comprehensive ASF management plan in response to the negative impacts of the disease on the livelihoods of farmers in the northeast of India, held on 8 July in Assam. [link]
  • FAO and NAQIA conducted the ASF Stock inspectors field practical training in August 2022 in Port Moresby. [link]
  • OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2021–2030 (includes projection of Meat) released.
  • FAO released the new Global Animal Disease Information System - EMPRES-i+ released. [link]

  • FAO presented OutCosT at the Global African Swine Fever Research Alliance (GARA) 2022 Scientific Meeting was held on 24-27 May 2022 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
  • FAO Webinars on the use of the OUTbreak COSting Tool (OutCosT) were held on 25, 27 and 29 April.  [link]
  • FAO ECTAD RAP collaborated with colleagues from City University of Hong Kong to introduce the newly produced FAO guidelines for ASF prevention and control smallholder pig farming in Asia. [link1, link2, link3, link4, link5]
  • FAO ECTAD RAP piloted online trainings on the application of FAO ASF practical guidelines for smallholders in Papua New Guinea and Cambodia; course materials are being adapted for the Virtual Learning Center for wider use in the region.
  • FAO and the Directorate of Animal Health (DGLAHS) Indonesia conducted a technical training on ASF response for veterinarians in Kalimantan, and ASF response training for extension workers in 13 districts in West Kalimantan Province.
  • FAO ECTAD Cambodia and GDAHP organized ASF community forum from 22 November to 17 December 2021 in Tboung Khmum, Rattanakiri, Takeo, Svay Rieng and Kandal provinces.
  • FAO and OIE co-organised the Standing Group of Experts for African Swine Fever (SGE-ASF) for Asia and the Pacific, held online on 15 December 2021.
  • FAORAP completed the 4-week ASF virtual training for the Pacific Island Countries launched on 12 October 2021 through the Virtual Learning Centre.
  • FAO ECTAD Cambodia and GDAHP organized series of trainings at provincial level on investigation and emergency response in Kandal (22-23 September), Tboung Khum (29-30 September), and Ratanakiri (12-13 October). [link]
  • FAO co-organised the Standing Group of Experts for African Swine Fever (SGE-ASF) for Asia and the Pacific, together with the OIE, held online on 7 September 2021.
  • FAORAP organized a virtual workshop on development of ASF tabletop simulation exercises for Asia.
  • FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (RLC) launched the ASF website [link]
  • FAO co-organised the Standing Group of Experts for African Swine Fever (SGE-ASF) for Asia and the Pacific, together with the OIE, held online on 7 September 2021.
  • FAO, IUCN and OIE issued a joint communique encouraging members to increase efforts to address ASF [link]. A joint article was published in a Newsletter of the IUCN SSC Wild, Peccary and Hippo Specialist Group.
  • Third Regional GF-TADs Coordination Meeting on ASF on 25 August. [link
  • FAO organised a Virtual Regional Training on Value Chain Analysis for Animal Disease Risk Management, focus on ASF as case study on 17-31 August 2021. [link]
  • FAO supported the Pig Value Chain Workshop organized by NAQIA, Papua New Guinea on 12-13 August 2021 in collaboration with PHAMA Plus, DFAT, and NFAT. [link]
  • GF-TADs virtual meeting: Stop ASF: Public and private partnering for success (Jun 2021). [link]
  • FAORAP organised the third regional training of trainers on ASF detection and emergency response engaging animal health officials from Lao PDR, the Philippines and Thailand on 15-26 March 2021 [reference].
  • FAORAP organised a 2-day virtual regional consultation workshop on ASF preparedness and response for Asia & Pacific (9-10 March 2021) [meeting report].
  • Alert letter on unlicensed ASF vaccine use in the region was sent out to Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) on 29 March 2021 by regional secretariat for FAO/OIE GF-TADs for Asia and the Pacific. 
  • FAO co-organised the Standing Group of Experts for African Swine Fever (SGE-ASF) for Asia and the Pacific, together with the OIE, held online on 5 February 2021  [reference].
  • GF-TADs virtual meeting: Stop ASF: Public and private partnering for success - Live technical session on 21, 28 June [registeragendarecordingnetworking]
  • FAO ECTAD Myanmar conducted a sub-national level virtual interactive training on ASF detection and emergency response in Myanmar, together with the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD), in collaboration with FAO ECTAD RAP. The course comprises seven modules with excercise, 85 participants from public and private veterinary sectors, academia, and associations.
  • FAO ECTAD Cambodia held a series of training courses on ASF in Svay Rieng, Takeo and Kampong provinces [link].
  • FAO ECTAD RAP organized a 2-day virtual training on ASF risk communication for Asia & Pacific (December 2020).
  • FAO ECTAD Indonesia, in collaboration with DGLAHS, organized an online capacity building course on ASF prevention & control for eight high risk provinces. The course included: biosecurity, biosafety, market / value chain management, etc against ASF introduction; and online ASF ToT course is being planned.
  • FAO ECTAD RAP launched an animation video for farmers on basic farm biosecurity “Be a Champion Farmer! – Biosecurity is key to stop African Swine Fever” available in different languages used in Asia & Pacific [reference].  
  • GF-TADs Webinar - African swine fever: An unprecedented global threat - A challenge to livelihoods, food security and biodiversity - Call for action, was successfully held in October 2020 [reference].
  • FAO ECTAD Viet Nam and DAH held workshops on risk communication of animal diseases in October 2020 [reference]
  • FAO ECTAD RAP published “Addressing African Swine Fever: Laboratory protocols and algorithms” in collaboration with the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP, formerly AAHL) [reference].
  • Alert message on high risk for African swine fever emergence and spread to Pacific Islands sent out on 16 March 2020.
  • The 4th Standing Group of Experts (SGE) on ASF for Asia meeting to discuss ‘Outbreak management’ was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
  • FAO conducted an ASF risk assessment mission in Samoa to provide support for ASF preparedness to prevent the disease entering the country (February 2020) [reference].
  • The Global Meeting to address the “ASF unprecedented global threat: a challenge to food security, wildlife management and conservation” in Rome, Italy, initially planned in April 2020, was substituted by series of webinars took place in October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation [reference].
  • FAO and OIE launched a new joint initiative for the Global Control of African swine fever - A GF-TADs initiative 2020-2025 [press release]. 
  • Virtual regional Training of Trainers on ASF detection and emergency response was organized in June-July 2020 engaging animal health officials from Cambodia, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Regional FETPV.
  • Online meeting with CVO Papua New Guinea (PNG) and FAO (HQs, RAP and FAO-PNG) and development partners was held in June 2020 to discuss situation and support to ASF response in PNG.
  • Online course on ASF preparedness for Asia was successfully finished with 490 participants from 27 countries in Asia and Pacific Region with a dozen tutors (May-June 2020).
  • Under the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) umbrella, OIE, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and FAO organized a video call focusing on ASF by engaging several exerts on epidemiology, laboratory, biosecurity and prevention as well as socioeconomic aspects. Each participating country provided update on ASF preparedness in the individual countries (March 2020).
  • The production of the Korean version of the manual African swine fever in wild boar: ecology and biosecurity manual in collaboration with the Korean National Institute is completed.
  • Dr B. Tijani, Assistant Director General, FAO participated in the High-Level International Conference - The future of global pork production under the threat of African swine fever, organized by the European Commission in Berlin (January 2020) [reference].
  • The first cohort of trainees have completed the FAO tutored e-learning course on ASF (December 2019) and plans to offer this in 2020 to multiple regions developed.
  • FAO EMC-AH mission to Timor-Leste to assess ASF situation and response strategy (December 2019).
  • The 2019 Annual Coordination meeting of the Project Steering Committee for the FAO-China South-South Cooperation project was held in Kunming City, China, including discussion on ‘ASF prevention and control’ (December 2019).
  • ECTAD/FAO co-organized the 3rd Meeting of the GF-TADs standing group of experts on African swine fever (SGE-ASF) for Asia and4th regional workshop on swine disease control in Asia (November 2019) [reference].
  • The Regional Laboratory Coordinator undertook a mission to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to provide laboratory equipment, reagents and training on ASF diagnostic methodologies (November 2019)
  • FAO EMC-AH mission to Papua New Guinea to assess ASF preparedness and response strategy (October 2019) [reference]
  • ECTAD Viet Nam uploaded a video clip to YouTube on technical advice (September 2019) [reference].
  • Inception Workshop for the Regional Technical Cooperation Programme on African Swine Fever Emergency Preparedness and Response in East and Southeast Asia was held in Bangkok (August 2019) [reference].
  • ECTAD/FAO Regional office for Asia and the Pacific attended the 2nd standing group of experts on African swine fever (SGE-ASF) meeting for Asia held in Tokyo, Japan (July 2019) [reference].
  • FAO EMC-AH mission to Lao PDR to assess the ASF situation and preparedness and response strategy (June 2019)
  • FAO and World Bank - joint presentation on ASF at the G7 CVO meeting (May 2019).
  • OIE and FAO - joint presentation on ASF at the 87th OIE General Session, OIE, Paris (May 2019).
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH mission to Cambodia to assess the ASF situation and response strategy (May 2019).
  • In Cambodia, the private sector organized an awareness-training program entitled "Breeding pigs under ASF threat", at which FAO ECTAD Cambodia presented the regional ASF situation (May 2019).
  • FAO project on ASF Emergency Preparedness and Response in East and Southeast Asia” started (April 2019).
  • Beijing International Symposium on ASF was jointly organized by MARA, FAO and OIE in Beijing (April 2019).
  • The GF-TADS Standing Group of Experts on ASF for Asia was held in Beijing, hosted by MARA (April 2019).
  • FAO in collaboration with the General Directorate of Animal Health and Production (GDAHP), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia, organized a National Consultative Workshop on the Development of ASF Preparedness and Response Plan (ASF-CPRP) in Cambodia (April 2019).
  • FAO Technical Cooperation Programme project “African Swine Fever Emergency Preparedness and Response in East and Southeast Asia” (TCP/RAS/3704) started on 23 April 2019.
  • FAO organized a workshop on ASF Preparedness & Response Plan and portable PCR in Cambodia (April 2019).
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH mission to Viet Nam from in March 2019 to assess ASF situation and response strategy.
  • FAO Myanmar is advising Veterinary Service on appropriate active surveillance and on laboratory diagnosis. FAO completed an EMC-AH mission to Myanmar to assess ASF preparedness, including laboratory capacity (March 2019).
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH Emergency Response Mission to Mongolia to assess ASF situation (February 2019).
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH mission to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to assess ASF preparedness [reference].
  • FAO and MARA, China jointly organized the Multilateral Cross-Border Meeting in Greater Mekong Subregion to Strengthen Collaboration of Transboundary Animal Disease Control in Beijing, China, in November 2018 which included “African Swine Fever Emergency Preparedness training” for Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam and China [reference].
  • FAO-China, Chief/AGAH and CVO met with MARA Vice Minister and senior staff of Veterinary Bureau and China Animal Disease Control Center in November. A call for solidarity to address the expanding global threat of ASF to the G20 was suggested by Chinese officials [reference].
  • In October 2018 and again in February 2019, FAO Chief Veterinary Officer sent a message to CVOs in the region and throughout the world encouraging preparedness and vigilance [reference].
  • FAO and MARA jointly held a Technical Consultation on ‘Application of Technology to Strengthen ASF Control through Rapid Detection and Response’ in October 2018 in Beijing, China [reference].
  • FAO organized an Emergency Regional Consultation on African Swine Fever in Bangkok, September 2018 [reference].
  • FAO released a publication on ASF spread in Asia (March 2018) and urged regional collaboration and preparedness [reference].
  • FAO and World Bank delivered a joint presentation at the G7 CVO meeting (May 2019).
  • OIE and FAO delivered a joint presentation on ASF at the 87th OIE General Session, OIE, Paris (May 2019).
  • FAO project on ASF Emergency Preparedness and Response in East and Southeast Asia” started from April 2019.
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH mission to Cambodia from 27 May to assess the ASF situation and response strategy.
  • In Cambodia, the private sector organized an awareness-training program entitled "Breeding pigs under ASF threat" on 9 May, at which FAO ECTAD Cambodia presented the regional ASF situation.
  • Beijing International Symposium on ASF was jointly organized by MARA, FAO and OIE on 8-9 April in Beijing [reference].
  • The 1st meeting of GF-TADS Standing Group of Experts (SGE) on ASF for Asia was held in Beijing, hosted by MARA.
  • FAO in collaboration with the General Directorate of Animal Health and Production (GDAHP), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia, organized a National Consultative Workshop on the Development of ASF Preparedness and Response Plan (ASF-CPRP) in Cambodia on 8-9 April 2019.
  • FAO organized a training workshop on operationalizing the ASF Preparedness and Response Plan and how to use portable PCR for ASF in Cambodia on 10-11 April 2019.
  • FAO participated at International Symposium on ASF and Standing Group of Exerts (SGE)–ASF meeting (Beijing, April 2019).
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH mission to Viet Nam from 11 to 16 March to assess ASF situation and response strategy.
  • FAO Myanmar is advising Veterinary Service on appropriate active surveillance and on laboratory diagnosis. FAO completed an EMC-AH mission to Myanmar to assess ASF preparedness, including laboratory capacity by expert from an OIE/FAO reference laboratory (March 2019).
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH Emergency Response Mission to Mongolia to assess ASF situation (February 2019).
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH mission to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to assess ASF preparedness [reference].
  • FAO and MARA jointly organized the Multilateral Cross-Border Meeting in Greater Mekong Subregion to Strengthen Collaboration of Transboundary Animal Disease Control in Beijing, China in November 2018 which included “African Swine Fever Emergency Preparedness training” for Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam and China [reference].
  • On 16 November, FAO-China, Chief/AGAH and CVO met with MARA Vice Minister and senior staff of Veterinary Bureau and China Animal Disease Control Center. A call for solidarity to address the expanding global threat of ASF to the G20 was suggested by Chinese officials [reference].
  • In October 2018 and again in February 2019, FAO Chief Veterinary Officer sent a message to CVOs in the region and throughout the world encouraging preparedness and vigilance [reference].
  • FAO and MARA jointly held a Technical Consultation on ‘Application of Technology to Strengthen ASF Control through Rapid Detection and Response’ in October 2018 in Beijing, China, with participants from Veterinary Bureau/MARA, China Animal Disease Control Center (CADC), China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center (CAHEC) [reference].
  • FAO organized an “Emergency Regional Consultation on African swine fever: Risk reduction and preparedness” in Bangkok, 5-7 September, 2018, with the overall objective to:
    • review the ASF situation and risks to the rest of China and the region;
    • develop a regional approach for ASF risk reduction, preparedness and response;
    • identify priority actions required for countries in a short, medium and longer term; and
    • facilitate the development of a stakeholder network for ASF.
  • FAO's Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) is communicating closely with authorities in China’s Veterinary Bureau to monitor the situation and to respond effectively to the outbreak inside the country.
  • FAO ECTAD is likewise in contact with authorities in neighbouring countries, to raise the importance of preparedness to respond to the threat of further spread.
  • The FAO Manual on ASF Detection and Diagnosis was recently translated into Chinese in collaboration with Veterinary authorities and ASF national reference laboratory in China, and distributed in the regions.
  • FAO undertook a mission in Mongolia (16-23 April) to explore the feasibility of wild boar surveillance along the border with Russia. Following this mission an awareness pamphlet was produced and delivered to herders/hunters and some rangers in the provinces that border with Russian Federation. 
  • FAO warned of the risk of African swine fever threatens to spread from China to other Asian countries, and urges regional collaboration including stronger monitoring and preparedness measures [reference].
  • FAO released a rapid risk assessment of ASF introduction in March 2018: “African Swine Fever Threatens People’s Republic of China” [reference].
  • FAO and authorities in China jointly developed a Field Epidemiology Training Programme for Veterinarians (FETPV) in China to strengthen epidemiological investigation, disease situation tracking, risk assessment and emergency preparedness.  ‘Graduates’ of the programme have been mobilized for epidemiological investigations, sampling and response activities.
  • An event for ASF policy in East and Southeast Asia was organized Under FAO-led international H2020 research consortium for the coordination of animal health research between China and EU (LinkTADs).
  • FAO provided TCP/CPR/3501 “Developing Prevention and Control Strategies for African Swine Fever (ASF) in China” (Jul 2014 - Dec 2015; USD 380,000) to improve the capacity in ASF prevention, ASF preparedness, risk assessment, diagnostic techniques, epidemiology, raising awareness, strengthening national ASF laboratory coordination mechanism, and set up an ASF contingency plan.

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Scientific publications

Videos/Audios

ASF reported administrative areas since August 2018

China: Anhui, Heilongjiang, Henan, Jilin, Liaoning, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shanxi, Yunnan, Hunan, Guizhou, Hubei, Jiangxi, Fujian, Sichuan, Shaanxi, Qinghai, Guangdong, Gansu, Shandong, Hainan and Hebei provinces, Tianjin, Chongqing, Shanghai and Beijing municipalities, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia Hui, Guangxi Zhuang, Xinjiang Uygur, and Tibet (Xizang) autonomous regions and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR).
Mongolia: Bulgan, Darkhan-Uul, Dundgovi, Orkhon, Selenge, Töv provinces and Ulaanbaatar
Viet Nam: All provinces and municipalities.
Cambodia: Ratanakiri, Tboung Khmum, Svay Rieng, Takeo and Kandal provinces.
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: Chagang-Do.
Lao People’s Democratic Republic: All provinces and municipality.
Myanmar: Shan, Kachin, Kayah states and Sagaing Region.
The Philippines: Abra, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Albay, Apayao, Aurora, Bataan, Batangas, Benguet, Bulacan, Cagayan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Camiguin, Cavite, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental, Eastern Samar, Guimaras, Ifugao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Iloilo, Isabela, Kalinga, La Union, Laguna, Lanao del Norte, Leyte, Marinduque, Masbate, Misamis Oriental, Mountain, North Cotabato, Northern Samar, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Quirino, Rizal, Samar, Sarangani, Sorsogon, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Tarlac, Zambales, Zamboanga del Sur provinces and Metro Manila (Caloocan, Malabon and Quezon cities).
Republic of Korea: Gyeonggi-do, Gangwon-do, Incheon City, Chungcheongbuk-do, and Gyeongsangbuk-do.
Timor-Leste: All districts.
Indonesia: North Sumatra, Riau, West Sumatra, South Sumatra, Lampung, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, Bali, East Nusa Tenggara, Banten, Jambi; Bangka Belitung, East Java, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan and North Kalimantan provinces.
Papua New Guinea: Southern Highlands, Enga, Hela, Western Highlands, Jiwaka, and Simbu provinces.
India: Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Bihar, Kerala, Punjab and Haryana states.
Disputed territory: Arunachal Pradesh.
Malaysia: Sabah, Sarawak; Perak, Pahang, Malacca, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Trengganu, Kelantan and Penang (Pulau Pinang) states.
Bhutan: Chhukha, Samdrup Jongkhar, Sarpang districts.
Thailand: Buri Ram, Chachoengsao, Chaiyaphum, Chiang Mai, Chumphon, Kalasin, Kamphaeng Phet, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Mae Hong Son, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nan, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nong Khai, Phangnga, Phatthalung, Phetchaburi, Phichit, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ranong, Ratchaburi, Roi Et, Si Sa Ket, Songkhla, Suphan Buri, Trang, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani provinces and Bangkok.
Nepal: Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Kavrepalanchok, Sunsari, Jajarkot, Jhapa, Morang , Chitwan, Dang, Kaski, Surkhet, Kailali and Bara districts.

Recent publications

  • Comparison of diaphragm meat juice and muscle swab samples to spleen and spleen swab samples for the detection of African swine fever viral nucleic acid. [link]
  • Biosecurity and readiness of smallholder pig farmers against potential African Swine Fever outbreak and other pig diseases in Baybay City, Leyte, Philippines. [link]
  • Biosecurity survey of pig farms in the districts of southern Bhutan in relation to the risk of African swine fever outbreak. [link]
  • The Potential Role of Wild Suids in African Swine Fever Spread in Asia and the Pacific Region. [link]
  • Evaluation of the effect of hydrated lime on the scavenging of feral swine (Sus scrofa) carcasses and implications for managing carcass-based transmission of African swine fever virus. [link]
  • SWOT analysis of risk factors associated with introduction of African Swine Fever through vehicles returning after export of pigs. [link]
  • Deletion of African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) H240R Gene Attenuates the Virulence of ASFV by Enhancing NLRP3-Mediated Inflammatory Responses. [link]
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