Hong Kong authorities ordered the culling of all 3,000 pigs in a herd after the African swine fever virus was discovered to be spreading for the first time in one of the city’s farms, according to a report from Reuters.
The new outbreak was discovered in the north near the mainland China border on a farm in the rural Yuen Long area, .
The disease was last seen in Hong Kong in 2019 due to pigs that were imported from the mainland, then resulting in the culling of 10,000 pigs.
Hong Kong’s Agriculture and Fisheries Department, which is overseeing an investigation of the outbreak, said that the virus was limited to the one farm and that the owner would be compensated.
The Agriculture and Fisheries Department said in a statement on Tuesday that “Members of the public do not need to be concerned,” and that the overall supply of live pigs from other sources could make up the supply.