ASF in China appears out of control

Vincent ter Beek, Editor of Pig Progress

The African Swine Fever (ASF) situation in China appears to be out of control. Continental Asia will have to get used to the fact that the virus will be around for much longer. Pig Progress editor Vincent ter Beek explains why and discusses the longer-term consequences.

Kinmen Pig was found on a beach on the island of Kinmen, on New Year’s Eve of 2018. Many pictures were circulated on the Web. They show the animal lying on its right side, among pieces of wood, bottles and fishing nets, I’d say it was about 4-5 months old. Part of its skin had turned black. The carcass was surrounded by men in white and blue biosecurity suits.
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