The deadliest virus in history threatens the global pork industry
NEW DELHI: A deadly pig that jumped from Africa to Europe is now wreaking havoc in the Chinese industry of $ 128 billion and is spreading to other Asian countries, an unprecedented disaster that has devastated global food chains and led to the countries to slaughter millions of pigs. It is expected that prices will skyrocket from the food markets of Hong Kong to the tables of the American dinner.
Outbreaks have been reported in Vietnam, Mongolia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and China - the world's biggest pork producer and consumer.
Checkpoints, sniffer dogs and strict import bans have been deployed in a desperate attempt to control their spread. But the disease has already affected most provinces in China, reducing pork production by 30%, according to some.
CAN VIRUSES AFFECT HUMANS?
While the virus does not harm humans, even if they eat contaminated pork, the mortality rate of pigs means that it could destroy the region's pork industry.
INCREASE OF MEAT AND CART
Exports of these meats are increasing as suppliers rush to fill the deficit in a pig-hungry region.
DAIRY COWS FOR MEAT MEAT?
Some reports have claimed that Chinese farmers may have started to sacrifice their own dairy cows for meat.
WHO IS IMMEDIATELY AFFECTED?
Countries like China, Vietnam, S, Japan, Taiwan, N Korea, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Mongolia. The US is also expected to feel the pinch - likely around Christmas when people buy holiday hams.
IT CAN BE CURED?
Despite 50 years of research, there is no reason, and it could take decades to develop one. It is spreading like a forest fire in Asia because ... the
The pig is the Asian garbage truck, says Simon Quilty, an Australian cattle and meat quality analyst.
One million pigs have been killed since the first outbreak in China in August last year, a number widely considered an underestimate. On the other hand, Vietnam has slaughtered 2 million pigs, 6% of its pig population. China has also experienced a 40% increase in pig prices year-on-year. It is estimated that 200 million pigs could be slaughtered in China, more than half of its pig population. The country supplies around 50% of the world's pork.