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‘Very serious’: African swine fever spreads in China

17 November, 2018 12:00 AM printer

 ‘Very serious’: African swine fever spreads in China

SHANGHAI: African swine fever has spread rapidly to more than half of China’s provinces despite measures to contain it, the government said, warning that a situation previously described as under control had become “very serious”, reports AFP.

The disease has already caused a spike in pork prices in China since first emerging in August, and fuelled growing fears of a major impact on the world’s largest pig producer. “The African swine fever prevention and control situation is very serious,”

said a joint statement by the ministries of agriculture, transport, and public security that was posted late Wednesday. “The epidemic has appeared in 17 provinces, spreading to large pig-farming provinces in southern China.”

In early September government-controlled media said African swine fever had been discovered in just five provinces, with the agriculture ministry saying at the time that the virus was “generally under control.”