Revealed: The price of bacon can DOUBLE if the disease spreads from Asia to Australia – and 34,000 jobs are in danger of being decimated & # 39;
- African swine fever is a highly contagious and deadly virus that only infects pigs
- The deadly virus forced China to clear more than 50 percent of pork production
- There is no treatment available and the only solution is to clear the infected
- Analysts predict that Australian protein prices can rise by almost 90 percent
Biosafety officials are fully alert on the borders of Australia as the pig-killing African swine fever flows through Asia.
South Korea, Australia's third largest trading partner, confirmed an outbreak of the disease earlier this month, while China was forced to clear 50 percent of its pork production, representing more than two million pigs.
China is home to half of the pigs in the world, and although the disease does not affect people, it is fatal to pigs with 100 percent death rates, and there is no vaccine.
Federal Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie fears the disease could spread to Australian farms.
Biosafety officials are fully alert on the borders of Australia as the pig-killing African swine fever flows through Asia (photo: a dead pig is quarantined in Vietnam)
& # 39; We are making every effort to ensure that African swine fever does not reach our coast & # 39 ;, she told Sky News on Sunday.
& # 39; It would decimate our 2,700 pork producers and the 34,000 jobs associated with that industry. & # 39;
The outbreak in Europe and other parts of Asia, including Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, North Korea and the Philippines, has already increased Australian pork prices by 54 percent in 12 months, The West reported.
There have been recent outbreaks of the virus in Europe and other parts of Asia (photo: an infected pig in Europe)
& # 39; The volume of pigs killed in Asia is huge and flows to all forms of proteins & # 39 ;, said Mecardo analyst Andrew Whitelaw.
& # 39; Pig prices in Australia are rising, as are the prices for lamb and sheep meat … beef exports to China have also increased. & # 39;
The publication also reported that pork prices in China have risen by 89 percent since January this year, and Australia could follow this example.
& # 39; In my opinion, it is a bigger story than the trade war we are seeing between China and the US & # 39 ;, Mr. Whitelaw said ABC.
Experts warn that if pigs in China (photo) remain infected, the costs of all proteins will rise
& # 39; It has a flowing effect on all these other raw materials, such as mutton, chicken … We are seeing a price increase for North Atlantic salmon, so we see it spread over (global) raw materials. & # 39;
According to Mercando's analysis, the deadly disease has so far killed a quarter of the world's pigs.
But Australia is committed to its & # 39; gold standard & # 39; to keep pests and disease-free status as an exporter.
Senator McKenzie said there was an increased screening of people and packages that came from affected countries.
According to Mercando's analysis, the deadly disease has so far killed a quarter of pigs worldwide (photo: quarantine boxes for infected pigs in Asia)
Since that time, 27 tonnes of cooked pork product had been detected via the Australian borders.
& # 39; People still ignore our biosafety laws, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; We can send them home, we can impose substantial fines and I will encourage our biosafety officers to do exactly that with those perpetrators. & # 39;
Whitelaw said that feeding contaminated pork to a pig would have catastrophic consequences.
AFRICAN PIG CRANE
African swine fever (ASF) was first discovered outside of Africa in 1957, in Portugal.
It is a highly contagious viral disease and is 100 percent fatal for pigs.
The virus infects pigs, warthogs, European wild boar, American wild pigs, bush pigs, giant forest pigs and peccaries.
Blood-sucking creatures (flies, mosquitoes, ticks) can infect large areas.
There is no cure and no treatment available, and the only way to limit the spread is through embedded culling.
Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, bleeding on the skin and internal organs. Diarrhea, vomiting, coughing and breathing difficulties.
The virus needs two to ten days to kill its host.
Unlike the Mexican flu that occurred around 2009 and affected people, ASF is only dangerous for pigs.
The contagious nature of the virus means that all contaminated meat must be thrown away and not taken by humans.
Source: The Washington Post and The Guardian
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