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African swine fever:

GS Paper 2:

Topics Covered: Issues related to health.

 

Context:

After African Swine Fever (ASF) cases were reported in a breeding farm in Sepahijala district, the Tripura government has decided to go in for mass culling of infected pigs at the farm.

 

About African Swine Fever (ASF):

  • ASF is a highly contagious and fatal animal disease that infects domestic and wild pigs, typically resulting in an acute form of hemorrhagic fever.
  • It was first detected in Africa in the 1920s.
  • The mortality is close to 100 per cent, and since the fever has no cure, the only way to stop it spreading is by culling the animals.
  • As of now, there is no approved vaccine, which is also a reason why animals are culled to prevent the spread of infection.

 

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Insta Curious:

Do you know the differences between African Swine fever and Classical swine fever? Read here.

 

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Prelims Link:

  1. Can swine fever affect humans?
  2. Is it a viral disease?
  3. Where was it first discovered?
  4. Which countries have been affected by this in 2020?
  5. Is there any vaccine available against this?

Mains Link:

Write a note African Swine Fever, symptoms and its spread.

Sources: Down to Earth.