A new outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) was confirmed in Sichuan province in southwest China after a truck carrying pigs was stopped on a highway. China’s agriculture ministry announced late on Tuesday that the pigs were confirmed positive for ASF.
The reason why the truck was stopped is unknown. The truck, seized at a toll station at Linshui county in east Sichuan, was transporting 150 pigs from an outside location, according to Reuters. Nine pigs in the truck died from ASF.
Meanwhile, China issued a ban on the import of pigs, boars and other porcine products from Vietnam, in an attempt to curb the spread of ASF, according to a release by China’s ministry of agriculture on Tuesday.
As of now, Hainan, Tibet and Xinjiang remain the only regions that have not been affected by ASF in China. A proper agreement between China and Vietnam is required to import any porcine products.
This deadly, highly transmissible disease affects pigs only. Hog prices in China hit their highest in 14 months this week as the disease continues to drop China’s pork supply.