African Swine Fever detected in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has identified a case of African swine fever (ASF) in a wild boar in the northern part of the territory, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said in a statement on Monday.

The report follows recent news of abnormal deaths in wild boars in Wong Yue Tan area of New Territories, with six dead wild boars found, the OIE said in a report, citing Hong Kong authorities.

Samples were collected from a wild pig carcass which was said to be ‘in a relatively intact state; for testing and results were positive for ASF, Reuters reported. No other abnormal deaths had been observed in other areas so far.

The report from the OIE said that The Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department would continue to monitor any deaths that warrant attention, and maintain surveillance in both the local and wild pig population, adding that no pig farm had been found affected by this case.

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