China's African swine fever control situation remains complicated - official
Hallie Gu and Shivani Singh, Reuters
July 20, 2021
BEIJING, July 20 (Reuters) - China's efforts to control African swine fever outbreaks among its pig herd remained complicated, with 11 outbreaks officially reported so far this year and new variants of the virus also present, an agriculture ministry official said on Tuesday.
Beijing has been rebuilding its pig herd after the virus, first detected in China in 2018, slashed pig and pork output in the world's top market.
Industry sources have said there have been fresh outbreaks in northern and northeastern China earlier in the year. New outbreaks were also detected in the southwestern province of Sichuan, Reuters reported.
"The control and prevention situation is still complicated, and the task remains severe," said Xin Guochang, an official at the husbandry bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
The risk of fresh outbreaks persisted even as the overall disease situation is stable, Xin told reporters.