Taiwan tests hog herds after African swine fever pig washes ashore


Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Stephen Coates, Reuters

Apr 6, 2021


TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan has begun testing hog herds and putting in place movement controls near where a dead pig infected with African swine fever washed ashore over the weekend, the government said on Tuesday, as it works to ensure the island remains free of the disease.


Taiwan has been on guard against the infection reaching them after the deadly virus ravaged farms in neighbouring China during 2018 and 2019, and is once again affecting the world’s most populous country.


In a statement, Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung said a dead pig washed ashore in northern Taiwan on Sunday and was on Monday confirmed to have the virus, which he said was a perfect match for the strain circulating in China...