African swine fever on Australia's doorstep, with outbreaks confirmed in Timor-Leste pig farms

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Matt Brann

The pig-killing disease known as African swine fever (ASF) is now on Australia's doorstep, with confirmation of several outbreaks in Timor-Leste. According to Timor-Leste's Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, there have been 100 reported outbreaks of African swine fever in smallholder pig farms in the Dili municipality, in which 405 pigs have died. Meat and livestock analyst Simon Quilty, who has been researching the disease's spread throughout China and South-East Asia, said ASF was now 650 kilometres from Australia. "The presence of African swine fever in Timor is alarming to say the least, having jumped 1,500 to 2,000 kilometres [from the Philippines and Vietnam] and puts the disease on Australia's doorstep," he said.

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