China’s Shandong bans live hogs, products from African swine fever areas

BEIJING: China’s Shandong province said it has banned live hogs and related products from areas of high risk for African swine fever (ASF) from entering the province, in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly disease across the world’s largest herd.

The eastern province will strengthen inspection and quarantine on slaughtering of hogs and step up checks on live hogs and products being transported within the region, Shandong’s animal husbandry bureau said in a statement on its website on Sunday (Aug 26).

The move comes after China discovered another outbreak of the highly contagious disease on Thursday, its fourth since the country’s first ever outbreak was reported on Aug 3.

Preventing pigs from infected areas from traveling into the coastal province, which…

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