African Swine Fever (ASF), a highly contagious disease which rapidly spreads between wild and domestic pigs, continues to pose a major threat to the global pork industry.
Zoono’s professional sanitising product (Z-71) continues to create healthier environments for animals and has now been proven “extremely effective” in counteracting the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus.
In research conducted at the Wageningen Bio-Veterinary Research Department of Virology in Lelystad, Netherlands, researchers discovered that Zoono’s Z71 microbe shield inactivated the ASF virus with 99.99% efficiency without any toxic or detrimental effects.
As a company, Zoono is developing a suite of proven environmentally-friendly antimicrobial solutions that aim to eradicate germs and bacteria while avoiding the harmful effects of existing products such as chemicals and alcohol.
Having obtained results from the Wageningen Bio-Veterinary Research Department of Virology, Zoono said that its product is on track to be deployed to reduce the prevalence of ASF around the world. ASF is a harmful virus that is decimating pig populations in major swine consumptive regions such as China, Korea, Asia and Europe.
According to the World Organisation for Animal Health, around 25% of the global pig population is expected to die as a result of the ongoing epidemic of ASF.
The virus has been most destructive in China, home to the world’s largest pig population. Agencies tasked with mounting a response to ASF, which first originated in 2014, have had limited success in stopping its spread with the severity of the crisis pushing up global pork prices significantly in recent months – boosted by demand from China, where as many as 100 million pigs have died since ASF began to take its toll last year.
In addition to this, The Market Herald explains the ramifications of African Swine fever increasing and spreading. Read more about Zoono’s success with treating African Swine Fever in the Market Herald Agriculture feature.
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Zoono products are already used as part of animal health products worldwide, including in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Hungary and Portugal.