China’s Sichuan province becomes 18th to report African swine fever

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s agricultural ministry confirmed on Friday the first outbreak of deadly African swine fever in the southwest province of Sichuan, the country’s top pig-producing region, raising the likelihood of a major impact to pork supplies in coming months.

FILE PHOTO: A labourer feeds piglets at a farm on the outskirts of Suining, Sichuan province April 27, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

The highly contagious disease was discovered on a farm of 40 pigs in Yibin city, in Sichuan’s southeast, making it the 18th province or municipality to report an outbreak of African swine fever since it was first detected in China in early August.

“With the new case in Sichuan, all major pig production provinces have now fallen. The situation is very severe,” said Yao Guiling, an analyst…

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