Swine Diseases and Resources
Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world; approximately, 1.3 billion pigs are produced each year worldwide. In 2009, the top 10 pork producing countries were China, EU-27, USA, Brazil, Russia, Vietnam, Canada, Japan, Philippines, and Mexico. The United States was the leading exporter of pork in 2009 with a 33% share of the market, followed by the EU, Canada and Brazil. In addition to protein pork provides, other important products from swine include insulin, valves for human heart surgery, suede, and gelatin for food uses. Pigs also generate important byproducts that can be used in manufacturing insulation, rubber, antifreeze, plastics and fertilizer. The diseases listed here are some of most important transboundary animal diseases that affect swine. Some of these are zoonotic.
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