Free-ranging "backyard pigs " in the republic of Georgia. Understanding how these animals are traded could help in preventing spread of ASF. Credit: FAO.
Free-ranging "backyard pigs " in the republic of Georgia. Understanding how these animals are traded could help in preventing spread of ASF.

Live pig markets, traders provide insight to controlling ASF

Endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, African swine fever is re-emerging in new areas and is a major threat to pork production worldwide.

Understanding how live pigs are traded between villages and backyard farmers can help global health agencies better understand how devastating swine diseases spread, according to a study published recently in the journal PLOS ONE.

Researchers at the University of California-Davis' Center for Animal Disease Modeling & Surveillance (CADMS) and the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) examined patterns of live-pig trade in the republic of Georgia in Eastern Europe.

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