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African swine fever outbreaks in China shows ASF isn’t under control

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Source: Farm Journal’s Pork Tyne Morgan March 9, 2021, photo credit: Abroadshio.org

The African Swine Fever (ASF) issues aren’t over in China. After ASF started to decimate the country’s hog herd in 2018, China said 2021 will continue to be year of rebuilding the hog herd, but now more cases of ASF continue to pop up showing the outbreaks may be worse than originally reported.

China Ministry of Agriculture said this week another ASF outbreak was reported in Sichuan Province, China’s largest pork producing province.  Reports show the outbreak was found in a truck carrying 10 pigs, two of which were dead. The ministry said the cause of the outbreak was most likely rooted from the illegal transportation of pigs.

This is the second case reported in less than a week. Reuters reported new cases were detected last week in Aba prefecture in the southwestern province of Sichuan, and the city of Xiangyang in the central province of Hubei.

Reuters reported that outbreak killed 38 pigs on a farm of 127 hogs in Sichuan, and the cases in Hubei were also detected on a truck of piglets being transported illegally from another province where of 165 piglets, 10 were infected, and five had died.
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