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African Swine Fever (ASF) is sweeping Vietnam, wreaking havoc on the local farming business and prompting the culling of three times the number of hogs culled the previous year.

According to the government, the disease has expanded to 2,275 sites in 57 of the country’s 63 cities and provinces this year, with authorities culling 230,000 hogs so far.

ASF is a highly contagious and lethal animal illness that affects both domestic and wild pigs and causes an acute form of hemorrhagic fever.

In the 1920s, it was discovered in Africa for the first time.

The mortality rate is close to 100%, and because the fever has no cure, the only way to prevent it from spreading is to kill the animals.

There is now no licenced vaccination, which is one of the reasons why animals are culled to avoid infection spread.

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