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Philippines says swine fever cases waning

The Philippines’ Agriculture Ministry said August 19 active cases of African swine fever were declining and confined to less than one per cent of the nearly 3,000 villages that recorded outbreaks since the first cases were detected in 2019. The fall in infections and an ongoing government-funded hog repopulation program had put the Southeast Asian

File photo of hogs in an outdoor pen on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. (EAGiven/iStock/Getty Images)

U.S. seeks to protect pork exports if swine fever hits territories

Policy would distinguish Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands from mainland

Chicago | Reuters — The United States said on Thursday it is seeking to avoid disruptions to pork exports if the territories of Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands detect the fatal pig disease African swine fever. The risk for infections in the territories is higher after the Dominican Republic last month confirmed the

Webinars to tackle small-scale pig production

Producers wanting to get into small-scale hog production will want to mark their calendars. On Aug. 12, Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) announced the launch of a series of webinars, geared towards raising small numbers of pigs. The series, which is a joint project between Alberta Pork, Prairie Swine Health Services and AFAC, will cover

Flood-hit Chinese county needs disinfectants to tackle dead livestock

More than a million animals were lost after heavy rains in the province of Henan, raising worries about disease spread

Reuters – China’s animal husbandry association urged companies July 27 to donate large volumes of disinfectants for a county in the central province of Henan, where widespread floods have killed thousands of livestock. The rotting carcasses of dead animals easily produce pathogens, but material for disinfection is insufficient, the semi-official China Animal Agriculture Association said


Smithfield Foods stops slaughtering pigs at U.S. hometown plant

Reuters – Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor, has stopped slaughtering pigs in the United States’ so-called ham capital, where the company was founded 85 years ago. The end of slaughtering in Smithfield, Virginia, is the latest reconfiguration for the company’s namesake plant and follows a months-long internal review of its East Coast operations,

Seasonal flu shots are recommended to help limit spread of flu viruses between people and livestock. (Inside Creative House/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Another swine flu variant case appears in Manitoba

Variant of H3N2 confirmed in southern Manitoba resident

A single and apparently isolated case of another influenza variant normally seen in hogs has turned up in a Manitoba resident, the province announced Monday. Manitoba Public Health on Monday said the H3N2 influenza variant (H3N2v) seen in this case is related to flu viruses that circulate in pigs, noting that while such viruses don’t