POST TIME: 3 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
China culls 38,000 pigs as swine fever spreads

China culls 38,000 pigs as swine fever spreads

BEIJING: More than 38,000 pigs have been culled across China, state media said yesterday, as the world’s largest pork producer scrambles to contain an outbreak of African swine fever, reports AFP.

The disease has been discovered in five Chinese provinces, the official Xinhua news service reported, quoting statistics from the country’s ministry of agriculture.

China reported its first case of the disease in August in northeast Liaoning province.

Since then the disease has moved south, with cases discovered as far as 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) away, raising concerns it could infect pig farms across the country.

Although the virus has continued to spread, a spokesman for the agriculture ministry said it is “generally under control,” Xinhua reported.

Last week, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned the disease could spread to other parts of Asia.