Nepal has reported its first pig cases of African swine flu, according to the World Organization for Animal Health in Paris. According to the Kathmandu Post, the sickness has killed 934 pigs in six municipalities in Nepal’s capital.
As of Thursday evening, Nepal has 1,426 susceptible and 1,364 active cases of African swine fever, according to the organization whose mission is to enhance animal health and welfare globally. According to a Nepalese newspaper, the country has yet to see its first epidemic.
“Yes, the outbreak has been confirmed in Nepal,” Dr. Chandra Dhakal, information officer for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development’s Department of Livestock Services, told The Post. On Friday, we will have a press conference to provide additional details.
Pigs are a significant source of income in many countries. African swine fever’s global spread has caused havoc on family-run pig farms, which are frequently the primary source of income and a driver of social mobility.
ASF is spreading over the world, threatening the health and well-being of pigs. Domestic and wild pigs have been impacted by the disease in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Pacific. Since 2005, ASF has been discovered in 73 countries around the world.