African swine fever is a deadly virus which kills up to 100 percent of the pigs that become infected. In August 2018, officials became concerned as the disease rapidly swept through China. While it is not contagious to humans, even when consuming the meat of an infected pig, health officials from the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) held an emergency meeting in Bangkok
In most instances, domestic swine species are found in food production systems, bred and reared for consumption. However, some pigs have found their way into our homes along with their canine and feline friends. The most common breed of hog kept indoors is the pot-bellied pig. Other breeds of pet-sized pigs include the Kune Kune, Juliana, African Pygmy, Ossabaw, Yucutan, Gottingen mini-pig, and the American Landrace.