According to The Kathmandu Post, 934 pigs have so far died of fever in six municipalities of Nepal’s capital city.
As of Thursday evening in Nepal, there were 1,426 susceptible and 1,364 active cases of African swine fever, the animal agency said, adding that there was an order to improve the health and well-being of animals worldwide.
Nepal has not yet announced its first outbreak, according to Nepali newspapers.
“Yes, the outbreak has been confirmed in Nepal,” said Dr. Chandra Dhakal, Information Officer, Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, quoting the post. “We will hold a press meet on Friday to give details.”
In many countries, pigs are a primary source of income for families. The spread of ASF around the world has destroyed family-run pig farms, which are often the mainstay of human livelihoods and drivers of upward mobility.
ASF is spreading worldwide, posing a threat to the health and well-being of pigs. The disease has spread to several countries in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific, affecting both domestic and wild boar.
Worldwide, since 2005, ASF has been reported in a total of 73 countries.