Latest Livestock diseases News

6th fatality linked to Eastern Equine Encephalitis reported

Nov. 18, 2019 7:48 PM EST

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health authorities are reporting a 6th fatality linked to Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Berrien County Health Department officials said Monday the victim was one of two people who contracted the mosquito borne virus. The death occurred Saturday. Cases of Eastern Equine...

Swine fever: New Indonesian festival celebrates pigs

Nov. 8, 2019 10:12 PM EST

LAKE TOBA, Indonesia (AP) — Christian residents in Muslim-majority Indonesia's remote Lake Toba region have launched a new festival celebrating pigs that they say is a response to efforts to promote halal tourism in the area. The festival features competitions in barbecuing, pig calling and pig catching as...

Scientists say quarter of all pigs could die of swine fever

Oct. 31, 2019 3:50 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Around a quarter of the world's pigs are expected to die from African swine fever as authorities grapple with a complex disease spreading rapidly in the globalization era, the World Organization for Animal Health's president said Thursday. A sharp reduction in the world's pig population would...

South Alabama man dies from mosquito-borne virus

Oct. 25, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Health officials say a south Alabama resident has died from a mosquito-borne virus. The Department of Public Health says the death reported Friday was the first case of Eastern equine encephalitis in the state since 2014. The person got sick last month. The illness is caused by a...

Kansas becomes 8th state to report livestock disease

Oct. 25, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

GOODLAND, Kan. (AP) — A disease that causes blister-like sores on the mouths of horses and other livestock has spread to Kansas, marking the eighth state where it has been detected. The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced Thursday in a news release that the vesicular stomatitis virus has been...

North Korea seen as weak link as swine fever spreads in Asia

Oct. 16, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is deploying snipers, installing traps and flying drones along its border as it ramps up efforts to stop wild boars from spreading swine fever from rival North Korea. African swine fever, fatal to hogs but no threat to humans, has wiped out pig herds in many Asian...

Australia deports woman to Vietnam over smuggled pork

Oct. 15, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia for the first time has canceled a tourist's visa over undeclared food as the country tries to keep itself free of African swine fever. The 45-year-old woman who arrived at Sydney International Airport on Saturday had undeclared food in her luggage including 4.5...

Latest tests find 1 new detection of mosquito disease

Oct. 13, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials say a mosquito sample has tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis in the latest round of tests. The Environmental Management and Health departments say a sample trapped in South Kingstown tested positive. The state set traps last week and sent 52...

Michigan insecticide spraying could threaten vulnerable bugs

Oct. 12, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Officials in southern Michigan are warning that pesticides targeting a deadly mosquito-borne virus could kill other insects, including rare and beneficial species. The spraying to quell the alarming rise of Eastern equine encephalitis disease threatens essential pollinators such as...

Hopes are dim as US and China resume high-stakes trade talks

Oct. 9, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping have plenty of reasons to call off their trade war. Both face weakening economies that would likely further deteriorate if their conflict escalates. Both are up against a formidable adversary that shows no inclination to yield. Both are...