China confirms ASF outbreaks in key pork-producing provinces

China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has  confirmed outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in its key pork producing provinces of Sichuan and Hubei, in a statement on Saturday.

The new cases of the disease, which wiped out around half of the country’s pig population in 2019, were detected in Aba prefecture in the southwestern province of Sichuan, and the city of Xiangyang in the central province of Hubei.

The fresh outbreak has killed 38 pigs on a farm of 127 hogs in Sichuan, China’s largest producing province. In Hubei, the disease was found on a truck of piglets being transported illegally from another province. Of 165 piglets on board, 10 were infected, and five had died.

China also reported an outbreak earlier this week in the southwestern province of Yunnan.

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