Latin America

Latin America scrambles to avoid African swine flu outbreak

Producers in 18 countries are banding together to avoid a resurgence of a disease that had been eradicated 40 years ago

african swine flu Pig farm in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo: Connie Guanziroli/Shutterstock
Pig farm in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo: Connie Guanziroli/Shutterstock

Latin American meat producers cashed in when China faced a pork shortage between 2018 and 2020, as African swine fever devastated the country’s pork supply, the staple meat for much of the population. But now, producers fear the disease — which is deadly for pigs but poses no risk to humans — is making its way to the Americas.

As we recently reported, health authorities identified cases of African swine flu (ASF) in the Dominican Republic – the first such cases in the Americas in the past 40 years. Now, 22 organizations linked to the pork industry, across 18...

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