World organization launches initiative to eradicate African swine fever

As African swine fever continues its relentless spread across Asia, the World Organisation for Animal Health this week announced it will launch a global initiative to control — and hopefully eradicate — the disease.

“Given the global socioeconomic repercussions of ASF, controlling the disease is a high priority for both affected countries and those free of the disease,” the group, known as the OIE, said in a statement. “Because of its complex epidemiology, it isn’t possible to control ASF without a coordinated response from the different sectors involved.”

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