Since its outbreak in the northern parts of Zambia in April 2017, African swine fever has resulted in the culling of more than 20 000 pigs. The outbreak started in Chinsali, and has since spread to four other districts, namely Chama, Isoka, Shiwang’andu and Mpika.The Minister of Livestock and Fisheries in the country, Michael Katambo, said in a news report that the Zambian government had thus far spent over two million kwachas (roughly R2,5 million) in an attempt to maintain the disease, and that strict quarantine measures had been implemented, as well as a ban on pork trade.
Aflatoxin is a toxic and carcinogenic substance of the mold fungus varieties Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. They have four principle types in grain and nuts: B1, B2, G1 and G2. Aflatoxin can be easily found on commodities such as grain, corn, peanuts, cottonseed, milo, and the majority of tree nuts. When cows consume grain or feeds containing aflatoxin, they create a metabolite that is found in their milk, mainly Aflatoxin M1 which gets created from Aflatoxin B1.
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