(Xinhua/NAN) Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Mark Schipp, on Monday warned of an impending outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF).
Schipp gave the warning in a speech in Canberra, Australian that he expected several countries to confirm cases of ASF in no distant time.
The disease had already been found in China, Vietnam, Myanmar and among other countries.
“We’re expecting a number of countries to announce they’ve got ASF in the coming days, and we’ve already taken steps in preparation for that,’’ Schipp said.
ASF is a severe viral disease affecting domestic pigs and boars, which can be spread by live or dead pigs and pork products.
According to the World Organisation for Animal Health, ASF virus is harmless to humans, but causes haemorrhagic fever in pigs and wild boars that is almost fatal.
“If it reaches Australia, industry experts predict ASF could cost the nation’s economy 50 billion Australian dollars ($34.2 billion),’’ Schipp said. (Xinhua/NAN)
Edited by Yahaya Isah/Abdulfatah Babatunde