Taiwan confirms it is ASF-free

Following a report of pig infected with African Swine Fever (ASF) washing up o nthe shore of North Taiwan, around 6,400 pig farms in Taiwan have been proven clear of the disease, according to Taiwan News.

A nationwide inspection was been carried out on the country’s pig farms beginning on April 6, with samples from 6,400 of the country’s 6,500 pig breeding sites having tested safe and the rest expected to be completed on Monday (April 12), according to Huang Chin-cheng (黃金城), deputy minister at the Council of Agriculture (COA).

The testing was carried out after a pig corpse was ound on the coast in New Taipei’s Wanli District on April 4 and was found to be carrying ASF, and is believed to have drifted from China.

Taiwan’s Coast Guard has since increased patrols and tighter border checks have been implemented against the import of pork products to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

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