It never went away. They just stop talking about it.
On May 31, 2018 African swine fever(ASF), a severe hemorrhagic disease of pigs, has been reported in the Northern Cape, the department of agriculture said. The new blow to South Africa’s pork industry comes as prices tumble after a listeria outbreak that has killed more than 200 people and was traced to low-priced processed meat from a factory owned by Tiger Brands.
On August 3, 2018 China has reported its first outbreak of the deadly African swine fever. In response, authorities in the Liaoning province culled almost 1,000 hogs to control the highly-contagious disease. Only 1000 pigs, in the biggest concentration of pigs on the planet! News of the infection will stoke concern about its spread in the world’s largest pig herd, and possibly to Japan, the Korean Peninsula and other parts of Asia.
It can survive for up to 1,000 days in frozen meat and can persist for long periods in boar carcasses, on clothing, boots and soil. African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious hemorrhagic disease of pigs, warthogs, European wild boar and American wild pigs. All age groups are equally susceptible. With high virulence forms of the virus, ASF is characterized by high fever, loss of appetite, hemorrhages in the skin and internal organs, and death in 2-10 days on average. Mortality rates may be as high as 100%.
ASF can be so devastating to pig farming that in the 1970s claims arose that the CIA had colluded in its introduction to Cuba to try to destabilize the Castro regime.
The disease spread to the Caucasus, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, France, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Germany, Denmark, Belarus, Moldovia and Ukraine in 2007. It has also been present in Sardinia since 1978, where it has proved resistant to all attempts to eliminate it, due to the high concentration of wild boar and traditional farming practices involving unregistered, free-ranging pigs.
The first reports from the CDC claimed: “ASF is not a human health threat. Transmission of the virus from pigs to humans is not common and does not always lead to human influenza. The meat of an infected animal poses no risk of infection when properly cooked.”
Yet, swine flu has caused more than 100 deaths and infected hundreds more people in India this year, officials said. A total of 104 people died and 1,168 cases of H1N1 influenza have been reported from across India since the beginning of the year, according to the Health Ministry. And Egypt’s Health Ministry says swine flu has killed 24 people across the country over the past two months.