Chinese New Year celebrations could further spread deadly African swine fever outbreak 

While African swine fever cannot be caught by humans, the deadly viral disease can wipe out whole herds of pigs. There is no vaccine for the disease although UK researchers are currently working on one. 

The disease has been found in Eastern Europe and Belgium and UK farmers are worried that it could jump here. 

The discovery of the illness on the Chinese mega farm, which is part owned by Danish investment funds, has raised concerns that even industrial farms with the best levels of bio-security are at risk of infection. 

Among a herd of 15,000 breeding pigs on the farm in the northeastern Heilongjiang province, 4,685 were infected with the disease and 3,766 have died, according to the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. All animals on infected farms must be culled under…

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