The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has reported an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) at a pig farm on China’s Hainan island. In 2018, there was a major outbreak and pork prices rose as less production fell.
OIE sent a notice on Tuesday stating that ASF had been detected at a Chinese pig farm. Although it is not harmful to humans, ASF can be deadly to pigs. It is situated on Hainan island, which lies just south of mainland China.
A 2021 Chinese study estimated that the 2018-2019 outbreak contributed to a total economic loss of 0.78% to China’s gross domestic product in 2019. The outbreak led to the deaths and culling of millions of pigs and a huge rise in the price of pork – China’s most-eaten meat.
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Tuesday’s report is not the first such outbreak of swine flu registered in China this year. Earlier in 2021, a number of cases were noted in Sichuan – the country’s top hog-producing province.
China is the world’s top pork producer and is home to half of the globe’s pigs.
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