WSSV Causes $1 Billion Dollars a Year in Loss of Shrimp Harvest

White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) is a double stranded DNA virus, which belongs to the family Nimaviridae, genus Whispovirus (17). WSSV has become the most threatening infectious agent in shrimp aquaculture (7). Estimated world economic losses associated to WSSV approach one billion US dollar per year since its first report in 1992 (8). The disease gross signs include decrease feed consumption, lethargy, white inclusions …

Quarter of World’s Pig Population to Die Due to African Swine Fever

About a quarter of the global pig population is expected to die as a result of an epidemic of African swine fever (ASF), according to the intergovernmental organisation responsible for coordinating animal disease control. In the last year the spread of the disease has taken policymakers by surprise, and has been particularly devastating in China – home to the world’s …