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FAO Animal Production and Health Manuals # 8African swine fever (ASF) is a viral haemorrhagic disease of swine generally characterized by high morbidity and high mortality. The disease is known to have devastated swine farming in highly industrialized, small commercial and backyard swine holdings, with concomitant closure of animal and meat export markets, ravaged swine populations, and destroyed individual and family livelihoods. This
Series: FAO Animal Health ManualsWhen a transboundary animal disease invades a country or an area that is normally free, it is important to take all measures to eliminate infection rapidly before it establishes itself and evolves into a major epidemic and/or becomes endemic. Stamping out is often the most cost-effective way of doing this. Stamping out is a set of coordinated measures for the sequestration of an outbreak and rapid elimin
Series: FAO Animal Health ManualsAfrican swine fever (ASF) is a disease with a mortality rate close to 100 percent. There is no vaccine and no conventional treatment against the disease. To reduce the effects caused by ASF outbreaks, optimal response mechanisms against probable ASF emergency disease situations need to be planned and rehearsed so that the disease can be controlled and eradicated in the most rapid and cost-effective way.
Series: FAO Animal Health ManualAfrican swine fever (ASF) is endemic in some parts of eastern and southern Africa. The introduction of ASF into free areas leads to losses because of the devastating effects it causes. In order to minimize these losses, it is essential that there is a strong early warning and early reaction capacity. The key to such a system is disease recognition. The purpose of this manual is to enhance recognition of A