African Swine Fever Discovered in Pork Sausage at Taiwan Airport

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Pork sausage fragments tossed out at an airport in Taiwan tested positive for African swine fever, officials said Monday. 

The sausage fragments originated from China's Shandong Province, despite Shandong not being listed as one of the 25 ASF-affected provinces, cities or areas by Chinese authorities.

On Monday, Huang Chin-cheng, deputy minister of the Council of Agriculture, said the pork product discarded by mainland Chinese travelers and tested on Jan. 22, was found to contain ASF, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported.

China has reported 109 cases of ASF in 25 Chinese provinces, Huang said. To date, Chinese authorities have ordered the slaughter of almost one million pigs across the country. 

A few parts of China remain unaffected according to Chinese authorities, including Xinjiang, Tibet, the island of Hainan and Hebei Province.

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