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'Worst outbreak ever': Nearly a million pigs culled in Nigeria due to swine fever

Hundreds of thousands of pigs have been culled by Nigerian farmers in response to an explosion of African swine fever (ASF). The outbreak began around Lagos and parts of neighboring Ogun state earlier this year, pig farmers say, but has now spread to many other parts of the country. In the absence of official data, farmers who spoke to the Guardian estimated that nearly a million pigs had been put down so far. Mrs. Bello, a farmer at Lagos-based Oke-Aro, the largest pig co-operative in West Africa, who preferred not to give her first name, said the co-operative alone had culled around 500,000 pigs. So far the virus has spread to more than a quarter of Nigeria’s 36 states. Read more...

 

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