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Floods in China blamed for new African swine fever outbreaks

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 10, 2020
Southern China is seeing fresh outbreaks of African swine fever after heavy rains and flooding.
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The new cases represent a significant setback in China’s goal of replenishing its pork supplies.

Topics: China African swine fever

Though ASF outbreaks have declined in 2020 due to improved biosecurity, hygiene and smaller herd sizes, the disease remains a stumbling block for pork producers.

Zheng Lili, chief analyst with consultancy Shandong Yongyi conducted a survey of small pig farmers, corporate farmers, traders and abattoirs across 20 provinces in China. The research revealed dozens of ASF cases that emerged after the heavy rainfall in Guangdong province, the Guangxi region and other areas.

Since farmers usually bury infected pigs, analysts suggest that the disease may have spread through groundwater.