African swine fever (ASF) virus was detected in live pigs being transported to the northeastern Liaoning province in China, Xinhua News Agency said on Saturday.
Three trucks, transporting a total of 205 pigs into the province, were stopped within the jurisdiction of Liaoning, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said, citing reports from the China Animal Disease Control Center.
Officials discovered 22 dead pigs, underlining the challenge facing Chinese officials to control this highly transmissible disease.
Local authorities initiated an emergency response to cull the pigs and disinfect the trucks and the sections of highways involved, Xinhua reported.
ASF does not have a cure or vaccine at this time. It does not affect people and poses no food safety risk. The disease has wreaked havoc on the world’s largest pig population since China’s first reported case in August 2018.
For more on the spread of ASF in China, visit porkbusiness.com/ASF.
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