African swine fever (ASF) is a contagious viral disease of pigs which has high fatality rates and has been spreading globally since the first reports of the virus into China in August 2018. It has since spread to parts of the European Union, and more recently to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Under the umbrella of the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) formed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE), a Standing Group of Experts on African Swine Fever in Asia and the Pacific (SGE-ASF AP) was formed in the region to help coordinate efforts, share information, and develop best practices for prevention and control of ASF outbreaks.
As part of these activities, the WOAH Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific, with financial support from the Japanese government, has published the “African swine fever in wild pigs in the Asia and the Pacific Region”, a report recommended by the SGE-ASF AP to review the current knowledge of the ecology, distribution, and role in swine disease epidemiology of wild pigs in the region. The report also makes recommendations on ways to manage populations of wild pigs, their interface with domestic pigs and other actions that will contribute to the prevention and control of ASF in Asia and the Pacific.
Read the report
On 29 September 2022, we held a launch event for the report, featuring author Dr Brendan Cowled (AUSVET) joined by other ASF and wildlife experts. Watch this event via YouTube to hear more about the report and its key takeaways:
Report launch livestream recording: ASF in wild pigs in Asia and the Pacific