Pig ‘Ebola’ Virus Sends Shock Waves Through Global Food Chain – Bloomberg
The strain of African swine fever spreading in Asia is undeniably nasty, killing virtually every pig it infects by a hemorrhagic illness reminiscent of Ebola in humans. It’s not known to sicken people, however.
The harm to pigs is especially critical for China, with a $128 billion pork industry and the world’s third-highest per-capita consumption.
China’s hog herd may decline as much as 30 percent, said Juan R. Luciano, chief executive officer of Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., one of the biggest agricultural commodity traders.
This lethal virus may be the one contaminating all of the Rotavirus vaccines being given to hundreds of millions of humans.
What could go wrong?