… pig-industry insiders say the government is painting too rosy a picture. "It's out of control," says one. Only a small share of infections are being reported, say executives at several Chinese swine firms…
China sees another rise in deadly virus among pig herds
An outbreak that began two years ago appeared to be in check but has surged again in recent weeks.
via Star Tribune (MN) - Sep 4, 2021
Less than two years ago Chinese officials warned that the spread of a deadly and highly transmissible virus was threatening the country's economic stability and its people's prosperity.
Curbing the outbreak was a "major political task" said Hu Chunhua, a deputy prime minister and member of the Communist Party's ruling Politburo. He said his instructions on how to tame the disease were to be treated as a "military-style order"...
... Officials hint at the scale of the problem. Efforts to control it, they say, are "complicated." But pig-industry insiders say the government is painting too rosy a picture. "It's out of control," says one. Only a small share of infections are being reported, say executives at several Chinese swine firms.
One reason for China's secretiveness is that admitting the scale of the problem would raise questions about whether it should do what other countries have done to end it. During this panzootic and earlier outbreaks, some have culled large portions of their pig stock and closely monitored the destruction of carcasses.
Were this to happen in China it could cause years-long disruption in pork supplies on a scale too large to be alleviated by imports or government stockpiles. Shortages and high prices of pork could infuriate the public...