China’s pig cull topped 20,000 animals on Wednesday [22 August 2018] as officials try to halt an outbreak of deadly African swine fever (ASF) in the world’s largest pig market, already reeling from a year-long price rout…Full Article: Aug 2018

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  • Of the 20,000 pigs culled, nearly 15,000 were in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province.

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  • On 17 August 2018, ASFV was detected in Yueqing, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province. A total of 430 pigs were infected, with 340 deaths.
  • On 15 August 2018, ASFV was detected in Haizhou District, Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province. A total of 615 pigs were infected, with 88 deaths.
  • On 14 August 2018, ASFV was detected in a Zhengzhou slaughterhouse owned by WH Group (HKG:0288), one of China’s leading pork processors and parent company of Smithfield Foods (U.S. pork producer and processor). Roughly 30 pigs out of a group of 260 died from the disease at the slaughterhouse. The infected pigs were initially procured from Tangyuan County, Jiamusi city, Heilongjiang Province.
  • On 1 August 2018, African swine fever virus (ASFV) was detected for the first time in China on a pig farm in Shenbei New District, northern Shenyang, Liaoning Province. In total, 47 pigs died of the disease while and additional 8,116 pigs were culled in Shenyang.
  • African swine fever virus (ASFV) is a highly contagious disease of pigs that has a near 100% mortality rate. The disease was first reported in Kenya in 1921 and was introduced to the Caucasus region when it spread to Georgia in mid-2007. Since this introduction, ASFV has spread to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Russia. From 2007 to 2017, Russia reported more than 1,000 ASFV outbreaks that resulted in approximately 800,000 pigs being killed. From March to October 2017, there were outbreaks of ASFV in Siberia, causing concern that the disease could spread to China. In August 2018, the FAO noted that ASFV strain detected in China was “similar” to the strain detected in Russia in 2017.

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