May 12, 2020


African swine fever outbreak reported in Togo


44 swine have died from African swine fever (ASF) at a farm northwest of Lome, capital of Togo since April 18, reported Reuters.


Togo's Agriculture Ministry said the central veterinary laboratory in Lome has confirmed that the swine have died from ASF.


The ministry added that measures have been to prevent the spread of ASF in the area. This includes culling all swine within the affected farm area.


The ASF outbreak in China first discovered in August 2018 has decimated about 40% of the country's swine herds. The disease has also been discovered in close to 50 countries, which has led to global hike in swine prices as demand outstrips supply.


-      Reuters