China Reports Cases of African Swine Fever in Chongqing. - LivestockTrend


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Tuesday 13 October 2020

China Reports Cases of African Swine Fever in Chongqing.

The agricultural ministry of China on Friday confirmed cases of African Swine Fever in piglets that were illegally transported to the southwestern city of Chongqing.


 This was the first since the outbreak was reported back on July 25.


The Chongqing Animal Disease Prevention and Control Center seized 70 piglets of which two were dead and 14 were ill, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement.


As part of the disease management and emergency response all the piglets were seized and actions of disinfecting relevant places, roads, and transport vehicles were carried out, the ministry said.


China is known to be the world’s top pork consumer, with a target of making itself a pork self-sufficiency rate of 95% as there are plans to rebuild its huge pig herd after disruption due to the African Swine Fever epidemic.


The disease is known not to be dangerous to humans but fatal to pigs; but due to the big outbreak in China, parts of Asia, and Europe, there has been instantaneous changes in the flow of pork trade globally.


Importation of porks from Germany has been banned by China and other Asian nations as a result of the outbreak in Germany and this has led to increase in the prices of Chinese pork.

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