Second Case of African Swine Fever Confirmed in China, and Likely More

There is now a second case of African swine fever (ASF) in China, reported the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) on Thursday morning.

“It was found in a slaughterhouse where 30 pigs died of ASF. The slaughterhouse is located in the city of Zhengzhou in the Henan province,” SHIC reported. “The pigs came from Tangyuan district of the city of Jiamusi, in the Heilongjiang province, over 500 miles to northeast of the first reported herd, which was detected approximately two weeks ago.”

The distance between the two outbreaks indicates the disease is present in multiple locations in the country. And the fact that the slaughterhouse is owned by Shuanghui (part of the WH Group that also owns Smithfield Foods), raises concerns that the disease could potentially have traveled to other…

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