African Swine Fever Outbreaks Continue in China

. ( China Ministry of Agriculture has reported an outbreak of FMD. )

African swine fever (ASF) continues its deadly spread in China. Agriculture ministry officials said on Tuesday that ASF was detected in pigs transported to the southwestern province of Sichuan.

This is the latest outbreak reported out of more than a dozen cases in the last two months, Reuters reports.

ASF was discovered in pigs in a truck during inspection in Nanjiang county near Bazhong city. The truck was carrying more than 100 pigs and two had died, Reuters reports.

China’s battle with ASF started in August 2018, after the disease spread rapidly throughout the world’s top pork producing country, killing millions of pigs and sending pork prices soaring.

Reported cases dwindled to just a couple per month by the end of 2019, but the numbers have increased since March, Reuters reports. One case of ASF was found in a wild boar, but the other cases were discovered in pigs being transported between provinces.

Vice agriculture minister Yu Kangzhen said that the risk of ASF had increased recently as farmers have rushed to rebuild their herds, Reuters reports.

ASF is a deadly virus that impacts pigs only and does not affect human health or food safety. 

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