China: Sichuan Province Reports African Swine Fever In Piglet Truck; All Culled

The Chinese province of Sichuan, announced that it had detected the African swine fever virus in piglets being illegally transported from other provinces.

 

By Riya Baibhawi, Republic World (India)

19th July, 2021

 

The Chinese province of Sichuan, on Sunday, announced that it had detected the African swine fever virus in piglets being illegally transported from other provinces, but asserted that it does not have any reports of the virus inside the province this year. Since the beginning of this year, large number of swines have died in China’s top hog-producing province after it saw a resurgence of the infection. Experts have raised concern if it could further spread to the country’s south, causing massive repercussions to the largest pork consumer in the world.

 

Swine Fever is a highly contagious and often fatal viral disease which causes fever, hemorrhages, skin discoloration, indigestion in pigs. Meanwhile, the Sichuan provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said that all the infected piglets were in a truck that halted in Huaying city. The truck was carrying a total of 89 piglets with one already dead. All the piglets were later culled, the department added.

 

China is officially the largest producer of pork in the world. According to the latest data by statista.com, the Asian nation produced over 34 million metric tons of pork only in 2020. The African swine fever virus wiped out about half of China's pig population in 2018 and 2019 but the country rebuilt it over last year. However, the infection has rekindled this year with outbreaks detected in the country's north.

 

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