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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

South-east Asia is battling to contain the spread of highly contagious African swine fever, known as "pig Ebola", which has already led to the culling of millions of pigs in China and Vietnam.

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At first I thought "no more traffic tickets". But now I'm horrified.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-06-11 07:05 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

I was just reading about this a few weeks ago. China just had a huge culling nationwide. MILLIONS were killed.

"China is the epicenter for this outbreak, and it is also home to half of all the pigs in the world. Actually, to be more accurate, I should say that it used to be home to half of all the pigs in the world. In a normal year, China slaughters approximately 700 million pigs. But according to Rabobank, that number will be down 30 percent this year due to this outbreak ... "

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-11 07:38 PM | Reply

China is the epicenter for this outbreak, and it is also home to half of all the pigs in the world.

Almost like there's a causal relationship there.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-06-11 07:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trade war biological weapon, or evolution?

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-06-11 07:59 PM | Reply

@#3

One aspect about this outbreak is that the producers of flu vaccines usually look to China to see the types of influenza to vaccinate against the following winter. One of the things they look at is any influenza affecting the swine population, as the infection sometimes jumps (albeit infrequently) the species barrier.

This outbreak could get very bad if it mutates and jumps to humans with its robustness and ease of transmission intact.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-06-11 08:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Chinese agitprop debunked in 16 seconds: www.youtube.com

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-06-11 09:15 PM | Reply

It's a good thing I do not rely on vaccinations and rarely eat pork otherwise I might get a deadly illness.

#7 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-06-11 09:20 PM | Reply

Trade war biological weapon, or evolution?

#4 | Posted by snoofy

The first documented outbreak was in 1907.

More likely than not this situation is a case of spread via globalization mixed with modern factory farming methods.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2019-06-11 10:21 PM | Reply

This outbreak could get very bad if it mutates and jumps to humans with its robustness and ease of transmission intact.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter

There is a host restriction in place that science hasn't identified, so this is likely not going to happen.

Also, clinical data does not support clinical or subclinical infections of humans, which is sure to happen given the density of animals and the closeness to human farm workers.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2019-06-11 10:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#9 Only a matter of time and mutations?

#10 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-11 10:25 PM | Reply

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#9 Only a matter of time and mutations?

Can't rule things out definitively but unlikely. There's no evolutionary pressure for it to adapt to a human host and unlike a virus like influenza that can mix and match genes to do spread in humans, this virus can't do so.

Plus, being a DNA virus it replicates with a high degree of accuracy so random mutation is unlikely.

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2019-06-11 10:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This outbreak could get very bad if it mutates and jumps to humans with its robustness and ease of transmission intact.
#5 | Posted by LampLighter
There is a host restriction in place that science hasn't identified, so this is likely not going to happen.
Also, clinical data does not support clinical or subclinical infections of humans, which is sure to happen given the density of animals and the closeness to human farm workers.
#9 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2019-06-11 10:23 PM

"On the eighth day cookies were made and they were good"..

#12 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-06-11 10:41 PM | Reply

China imprisons muslims and then gets a pig plague.

More proof of Allah.

#13 | Posted by bored at 2019-06-11 10:45 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Why Does Silver Kill The Bad Bacteria But Not The Good? - answer: milkfat.

#14 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-06-11 10:49 PM | Reply

What I'm saying is to engineer a gut bacteria similar to humans for the pigs so they can become resistant to what afflicts humans.

#15 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-06-11 11:50 PM | Reply

--More likely than not this situation is a case of spread via globalization

Globalization. Open borders. Free trade!

What could go wrong?

#16 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-06-12 12:21 PM | Reply

#16 | Posted by nullifidian

More likely it is just a result of factory farming combined with trade period.

Has nothing to do with Globalization, Open Borders, Free Trade. My God man - this is CHINA and there is no such thing in China. You need to get a pill for all your phobias.

#17 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-06-12 12:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


btw, JPW, thx for #9 and #11. They helped me to understand this better.

#18 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-06-12 01:12 PM | Reply

Globalization. Open borders. Free trade!

What could go wrong?

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#19 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-06-12 05:41 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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