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August 17th, 2018 / Farm Journal's PORK

The Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) reports that Ghana has seen its first case of African Swine Fever (ASF) in 2018. The disease seems to be spreading at a faster pace this year in Europe, Asia and Africa.

“Ghana confirmed the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in five districts in the Central Region of Ghana in May 2018, situated on the country’s coast” GAIN reported. “Ghanaian officials applied immediate disease control measures including culling of 898 hogs in five districts in the affected region.”

The country has had almost yearly outbreaks since 2009. It was first identified 10 years earlier, in September of 1999, the GAIN report said. This is the first report of the virus in the country for 2018.

The Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University says African swine fever virus (ASFV) is a serious, highly contagious, viral disease. It can spread rapidly in pig populations by direct or indirect contact, and can persist for long periods in uncooked pig products, facilitating its introduction into new areas. Read more