12 September 2018
China is battling to control the rapid spread of deadly African swine fever (ASF) across the world's largest hog herd after 14 outbreaks in just over a month. Cases have been found in five other Chinese provinces, including northeast China and in some instances. Chinese authorities have been calling for farmers and veterinarians to register cases as soon as possible in order to control infection rates.
The government has also banned the transport of live hogs in provinces. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) last week said around 40,000 hogs had so far been culled in an attempt to stop the disease from spreading. Despite some pork consumers, sales of the staple meat in the country have dropped amid worries about the outbreaks, according to vendors. ASF is the most devastating swine disease. It causes fever, hemorrhaging in the skin and internal organs, resulting in death in 2-10 days, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).