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    China faces long struggle to tackle African swine fever
    May 31, 2022

    It will take years for China to contain the deadly African swine fever virus that has spread throughout the country, which is the world’s biggest pork producer, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday.

    China has been struggling to control the epidemic, which some analysts predict could see up to 200 million pigs die or be culled this year, causing a huge shortage of pork locally and have economic impact on the meat and feed industry globally.

    Outbreaks of the disease, which is not harmful to humans, have already been reported in almost every region of mainland China.

    “China is going to deal with this African swine fever for many years to come,” OIE Deputy Director General Matthew Stone told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the 87th General Assembly of Paris-based organisation.

    Beijing has said its breeding herd is 22 percent smaller than this time last year, but many in the industry say the impact of the disease could be much greater...

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    AFCD find African swine fever virus in wild pig in Sai Kung
    31 May 2022 rsbradbeer
    The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) announced last night (30/5) that samples taken from a wild pig carcass under the surveillance programme for African swine fever (ASF) have tested positive for the ASF virus.

    A debilitated wild pig was found in the area near Tai Lam Wu, Sai Kung, by AFCD staff, while following up on a wild pig sighting report from a member of the public recently. The wild pig subsequently died and samples were collected by the AFCD from the wild pig carcass for testing. Results are positive for the ASF virus. The AFCD will report the findings to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and continue to monitor any wild pig deaths that warrant attention, and maintain surveillance in the wild pig population...