China confirms ASF outbreak, new virus strains

China confirms ASF outbreak, new virus strains

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In China, the first cases of African swine fever (ASF) in pigs have been reported in 3 months, while emergence of new virus strains threaten the future productivity of the national pig herd.

Over the past week, China’s agriculture ministry has confirmed local media reports of a new outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in Guangdong province. Illegal movements of pigs are blamed for the latest cases, which occurred on a farm in the Meizhou city region in the east of the province. Of the 1,015 pigs at the affected premises, 214 died and the rest have been destroyed.