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·         Despite Chinese Rhetoric, African Swine Fever has been a “Disaster”

·         Swine fever contained, minister says

·         3rd dead pig found on Kinmen shore tests positive for ASF



Despite Chinese Rhetoric, African Swine Fever has been a “Disaster”


By Andy Eubank, Hoosier Ag Today

Apr 10, 2019


The impact of African Swine Fever continues to spread, and it has even led to the unusual step by the National Pork Producers Council board of directors to cancel this June’s World Pork Expo in Des Moines. The board says the move is due to an abundance of caution as ASF continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia. The Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds usually sees 20,000 visitors including some from regions where ASF has been confirmed.


HAT spoke with Arlan Suderman about ASF this week, after Chinese rhetoric claimed there is no longer a problem.


“The Chinese government is saying that the problem is behind them, basically under control, and they’re ready to move forward. Now, our data from China and our people that we have on the ground in China say it’s a much different picture than that,” he said.


Suderman is chief commodities economist with INTL FCStone. We asked him if there is any evidence of improved control over African Swine Fever in China, a question he had posed to his team.


“On Monday morning I talked to our team in Shanghai, and I said do you see any evidence that the government has this problem under control, that the disease is under control? They said no, not at all, and it’s spreading as much as it ever has.”


The South African Ag Ministry has reported an outbreak in their country, and it has also spread from China to other countries.


“Vietnam seems to have gotten African Swine Fever from them and now Cambodia, but what does China do? They’re banning pork coming from Vietnam so they don’t get it, acting as though the problem is not there. What we really see is hog feeding down 40 percent. Piglet prices are jumping, doubling in recent weeks because there’s simply not enough sows because the sow herds, breeding herds have been hit particularly hard with this disease, and our people tell us it’s just a disaster there.”


There is no safety risk to humans or food safety with African Swine Fever. It only affects pigs and there still is no vaccine for treating it.







Swine fever contained, minister says


China Daily Editor : Li Yan

ecns.con (China) - 2019-04-11


China has contained the spread of African swine fever, with the number of new outbreaks slowing this year, according to Han Changfu, minister of agriculture and rural affairs.


Since the highly contagious disease was first detected in August in Liaoning province, 119 cases affecting domestic pigs and three involving wild boars have been confirmed in 30 provincial-level regions, he said at the International Symposium on Prevention and Control of African Swine Fever held in Beijing this week.


As of Tuesday, quarantines had been lifted in 108 disease-stricken areas, he said, adding that the number of new cases in each of the first three months of this year was held to single digits, signifying a slowdown.


Han added that domestic live hog production and pork supplies are generally stable.


Monique Eloit, director-general of the World Health Organization for Animal Health, said she appreciated China's efforts in combating African swine fever, as the massive scale of hog production in the country and the dispersed breeding farms pose great difficulties.


She also encouraged the ministry to share its experience, tools and measures with other countries to enhance their capability to fight the disease.


Bukar Tijani, assistant director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, said it's both surprising and encouraging to see the number of new outbreaks drop in China. He said the situation could have been much worse because China is responsible for more than half of global pork consumption, and more than half of the world's small pig farms are located there.


Han said the ministry will continue to enhance international cooperation mechanisms, establish stronger early warning and rapid response systems and step up research on vaccines...





3rd dead pig found on Kinmen shore tests positive for ASF

Pig carcass found on Kinmen beach 3rd to test positive for African swine fever


By Keoni Everington, Taiwan News



AIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A pig carcass which washed up on the shore in Kinmen County has tested positive for African swine fever (ASF), the third such case reported in the county, announced Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center for ASF on Wednesday (April 10).


At a press conference Wednesday, the center announced that a pig carcass was found to have drifted ashore in Kinmen's Jinhu Township on Sunday (April 7). On Wednesday, samples of the carcass tested positive for the nucleic acid associated with ASF and it was found to be a 100 percent genetic match with the strain of the virus found in China.


This is also the third pig carcass found to have washed up in Kinmen and tested positive for ASF this year. Due to China's close proximity to Kinmen and the genetic match with the strain of ASF found there, the center believes the pig's carcass drifted by sea from the communist country, which has reported the epidemic in all but one of its provinces.


Thus far, a total of five pig carcasses that have washed up on Taiwan's outer islands have tested positive for ASF, including three in Kinmen and two in Matsu.


Also on Wednesday...