China reports outbreak of African swine fever on Hainan Island, OIE says

On May 8, 2019, white disinfectant powder is scattered on the ground around the pig farm building in Jiangjiaqiaoc, Hebei Province, northern China. (Sam McNeil / AP Photo)

Paris — China has reported an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) at a pig farm in the province of Hainan Island in the southern part of the country, the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said Tuesday.

Outbreaks on farms of 1,063 animals began on October 23 and were confirmed on October 31, the organization said, citing a report by Chinese authorities.

African swine fever is harmless to humans, but deadly to pigs. After reaching China in August 2018, the virus wiped out 50% of the country’s pigs within a year.

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