‘Nearly one million pigs killed’ as African swine fever worsens in Nigeria

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An outbreak of African swine fever in Nigeria is reportedly “decimating” livestock as farmers cull hundreds of thousands of pigs in efforts to stop the disease.

The outbreak began earlier this year in the state of Lagos – the region around the country’s most populous city of the same name – and has now spread to many other parts of the country.

The viral disease does not affect humans, but has around a 100 per cent fatality rate for pigs.

An outbreak of the disease in Asian countries last year saw around 6 million animals culled.

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