African Swine Fever Death Toll is Underestimated, Suderman Says


Just how bad is African swine fever (ASF) in China? Despite fewer outbreaks being reported, experts say the ASF death toll in China is higher than reports say.

“China’s basically trying to say that the problem is now contained and that they’ve lifted transportation bans on 90 different regions,” Arlan Suderman chief economist for INTL FCSTone told AgriTalk host Chip Flory. “The word is that this is unwarranted and may actually help encourage a spread of the disease further.”

China is now arresting people if they post pictures of dead hogs as the government is trying to contain this information, he said.

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