Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Two more swine fever cases in China

There have been two more, but small, cases of African Swine Fever in China, bringing the total to 80.

The new outbreaks are at a small pig farm with 23 pigs in Chongqing's Bishan district, and 11 pigs at a slaughterhouse in Guangdong, the first case in that province.

The government has implemented strict bans on hog transport, quarantine zones and mandatory reporting, yet the disease continues to spread.

China is the world’s largest hog producer and is a significant pork importer, especially from Brazil and the United States.

But there is now a 25 per cent tariff on pork imports from the U.S. and that has depressed hog prices across North America.