4 more Chinese pork products, 1 more dead pig detected with ASF


By Yang Shu-min, Huang Huei-min and William Yen, Focus Taiwan News Channel



Taipei, April 11 (CNA) Four more Chinese pork products and another pig carcass discovered in the offshore county of Kinmen have tested positive for African swine fever (ASF), Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center for ASF said Thursday.


The Chinese pork products that tested positive for ASF included a pack of sausages that was sent for testing March 26 after being found discarded in a bin at Shuitou Pier in the offshore county of Kinmen, the center said.


Other ASF infected products included a second pack of sausages and a pack of cured ham that were found in a bin at Taichung International Airport after being dumped by a passenger who flew in from Macau and sent for testing March 27, the center said.


A pack of dried pork jerky was also found to be infected with ASF on being sent for testing March 31 after it was found in a bin at Kaohsiung International Airport, the center said.


Samples were sent to the Council of Agriculture's Animal Health Research Institute for testing and found to contain sequences of gene fragments identical to those of the ASF virus strain in China, according to the center.


Since October 2018, a total of 40 pork products from China have been confirmed as infected with ASF -- one in October, two in November, four in December, 11 in January, 11 in February, five in March and six in April, according to statistics on the center's website.


Meanwhile, the ASF-infected pig carcass, which was found on a beach in Kinmen's Jincheng Township Monday...


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