Monday, March 8, 2021

African Swine Fever still breaking out in China

China has had three more outbreaks of African Swine Fever this month, two years after the virus was responsible for wiping out half of the nation’s hogs.

China’s agriculture ministry confirmed outbreaks in the southwestern province of Sichuan, and the city of Xiangyang in the central province of Hubei.

The virus killed 38 pigs on a farm of 127 hogs in Sichuan, China's largest hog-producing province. In Hubei, the disease was detected on a truck of piglets being transported illegally from another province. Of 165 piglets, 10 were infected, and five had died.

China also reported an outbreak earlier this month in the southwestern province of Yunnan.