Two completely different viral outbreaks are making international headlines and originating in China – one affects people and one affects pigs. They share the similarity of being viruses, but that’s where it ends. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and African swine fever (ASF) are very different.
And experts agree that these viruses are not linked.
“What is clear about 2019 Novel Coronavirus is that is has nothing to do with African swine fever,” says ASF expert Dan Rock, professor of pathobiology at the University of Illinois. “These viruses are very distinct from one another – they are not closely related at all.”
The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) coordinates industry interventions and collaboratively manages risks in the value chain to enable the sustainability and profitability of pork producers in South Africa.