Nov 28, 2019

More airport dogs hired to stop African swine fever from spreading to U.S.

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Airport security beagles are focusing on sniffing out pork products as African swine fever continues to spread, with fears that it might reach the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: African swine fever has already wiped out half of China's pork livestock and spread to more than 40 countries, per the Post. As a result, the USDA has hired an additional 60 beagle teams to increase the number of screenings, notes the Post. There is no cure or vaccine for the virus, but it's is not dangerous for humans.

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U.S. pork producers eyeing $25 billion China market amid trade war

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The U.S. pork industry is pushing the Trump administration to focus on increasing access in the Chinese market, worth $24.5 billion over 10 years, during the ongoing trade talks with China, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The Chinese pork market is currently afflicted by the African swine fever that's pushed the cost up by more than 69%— making it the perfect time for American producers to swoop in with its product at a lower cost, per Bloomberg. Other countries, such as Brazil, have been able to cash in on the Chinese demand.

Go deeper: Global pork prices soar as swine fever infects herds in eastern Asia

Keep ReadingArrowNov 26, 2019

Government agency warns EEE virus is an "emergent threat" in the U.S.

Colorized electron microscope image of mosquito salivary gland tissue infected by the EEE virus (in red). Photo: Fred Murphy, Sylvia Whitfield/CDC

Public health officials on Wednesday declared the mosquito-borne eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus to be an "emergent threat" in the U.S. after an unusually high number of cases have occurred so far this year.

Why it matters: While EEE remains rare, there are no vaccines or specific viral treatments available. The virus can attack the brain and sometimes cause death.

Go deeperArrowNov 20, 2019

Biden on why he thinks he has more support from black voters than Mayor Pete

Former Vice President Joe Biden says "folks" think Mayor Pete Buttigieg's removal of an African American police chief is a problem when it comes to his support among black voters in the 2020 Democratic presidential election.

The big picture: In an interview with "Axios on HBO," Biden cited a lack of experience in diverse communities as a reason Buttigieg might be struggling.

Go deeperArrowDec 8, 2019