World Organisation for Animal Health and FAO’s joint initiative to halt the spread of deadly pig disease
World Organisation for Animal Health and FAO of the UN have launched a joint project for the global control of African Swine Fever.
“A disease that may kill every pig it infects and for which there is no effective vaccine can be eradicated if more countries continue to work together to limit its spread,” the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.
🆕@OIEAnimalHealth & @FAO launched a joint initiative for the Global Control of #AfricanSwineFever, a deadly pig disease affecting 51 contries around the 🌍, which has become a major crisis for the pork industry.
— FAO Newsroom (@FAOnews) July 20, 2020
The joint appeal comes amid an increase in African Swine Fever (ASF) cases that has caused massive losses in pig populations. There are serious concerns about the economic impact of the disease, as pork is the most consumed meat in the world, representing more than one-third of global meat consumption, according to FAO.