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African Swine Fever Hits Northwest Region of Ningxia


China announced a new outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in the northwestern region of Ningxia on Sunday, reported China’s agriculture ministry.

The outbreak occurred on a farm with 57 live pigs in Yongning county, infecting pigs and killing 13, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said.

This marks the 25th region or province to record an ASF outbreak in China. 

Currently there is no vaccine for ASF, although many countries are working to develop one, including China. 

According to Liz Wagstrom, chief veterinarian at the National Pork Producers Council, the quest for an ASF vaccine has been going on for a good 50 years. It’s no easy feat, because ASF is the largest virus known to man, she said. Because of its size, it’s difficult to discover which, if any, of those…

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China reports African swine fever outbreak in Ningxia region


BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s agriculture ministry on Sunday reported a new African swine fever outbreak in the northwestern region of Ningxia.

The outbreak occurred on a farm with 57 live pigs in Yongning county, infecting pigs and killing 13, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement.

(Reporting by Philip Wen; editing by John Stonestreet)

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CARPHA urges region to prepare for the possibility of a severe outbreak of dengue fever


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The last major regional outbreak of dengue occurred in 2009. Since then, the region has experienced two large outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases, chikungunya in 2014 and zika in 2016, which are unlikely to reoccur soon. Disease modelling, however, predicts that another regional outbreak of dengue may occur in the near future.

In 2018, Latin America showed an increase in the number of dengue cases. More recently, the outbreak of dengue in Jamaica has elevated the level of concern in other Caribbean islands. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is therefore advising countries to implement enhanced measures to reduce mosquito breeding and prevent the spread of disease.

Dengue is a flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and…

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China Searches for African Swine Fever Vaccine


China is trying to develop a vaccine for African swine fever, focusing on the “live” vaccine, according to the country’s Ministry of Science and Technology on Friday. 

China has set up a project that will also study the origins of the virus and the way that it spreads. Researchers from many countries have been working on a vaccine for ASF for some time. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine or treatment for this deadly, highly transmissible virus. 

The quest for an ASF vaccine has been going on for 50 years. It’s no easy feat, because ASF is the largest virus known to man, says Liz Wagstrom, chief veterinarian at the National Pork Producers Council. To put it in perspective, a…

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Region urged to prepare for possibility of severe outbreak of Dengue Fever


The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has called on health officials across the region to prepare for the possibility of a severe outbreak of the mosquito borne Dengue Fever.

In a statement Thursday, CARPHA said the last major regional outbreak of Dengue occurred in 2009. 

“Since then, the Region has experienced two large outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases, Chikungunya in 2014 and Zika in 2016, which are unlikely to reoccur soon.”

The regional agency also said that “Disease modeling  predicts that another regional outbreak of Dengue may occur in the near future,” adding that last year,   Latin America showed an increase in the number of Dengue cases. 

CARPHA has also pointed to the recent outbreak of Dengue in Jamaica, saying that it has elevated the…

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African Swine Fever Spreads to Mongolia



Asian pork producers need to redouble efforts to combat African swine fever after Mongolia reported its first outbreak, just five months after the deadly …
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