Before 2016, African Swine Fever hadn’t been seen in Europe since 1985, but as the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) turned its calendars over to 2021, the highly contagious disease was expected to show up for a sixth straight year.

The disease is endemic in most South-Saharan African countries and plenty active in Asia and Europe, according to the flow of OIE reports.

Since 2016, the world has seen 32,265 ASF outbreaks with 832,698 total cases. Pigs raised for commercial markets accounted for 14,327 outbreaks that made 10.1 million hogs susceptible to the disease. To control the disease, 8.2 million swine have been put to death.

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