Recently, 700 pigs culled in Damoh, Madhya Pradesh to control African Swine Fever.


About African Swine Fever –

  • It is a highly contagious and fatal animal disease that infects and leads to an acute form of hemorrhagic fever in domestic and wild pigs.
  • It was first detected in Africa in the 1920s.
  • The mortality is close to 100% and since the fever has no cure, the only way to stop its spread is by culling the animals.
  • ASF is not a threat to human beings since it only spreads from animals to other animals.
  • ASF is a disease listed in the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code and thus, reported to the OIE.


About World Organisation for Animal Health –

  • It is an intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide.
  • In 2018, it had a total of 182 member countries (India is one of them).
  • OIE standards are recognised by the World Trade Organisation as reference international sanitary rules.
  • It is headquartered in Paris, France.