China’s Liaoning culls more than 8,000 hogs after African swine fever outbreak

BEIJING (Reuters) – Northeast China’s Liaoning province has now culled 8,116 hogs in response to an outbreak of African swine fever earlier this month, the provincial animal husbandry bureau told Reuters on Wednesday.

No new cases have been discovered in provincial capital Shenyang, where the deadly fever has so far been contained, since the outbreak on Aug. 3, a spokesman for the bureau said, confirming a report in the state-run People’s Daily.

The number of hogs culled includes the 913 that were slaughtered in the immediate aftermath of China’s first outbreak of the highly contagious disease amid concerns it could spread through the world’s largest pig herd.

Since the outbreak China has tightened inspection of meat products at customs departments across the country.


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