The newest outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported at a nearly 20,000-pig farm in China, the largest farm to report the disease yet. Chinese authorities announced the death of 221 pigs in this Jinzhou City operation in the Liaoning province.
The Information Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in China also announced outbreaks at a Panjin City farm where ASF killed 109 of its 1,571 pigs, and at a farm in Wangjia Village where it killed 129 of its 270 pigs. These cases reveal the escalating threat to the country's $1-trillion pig industry from the disease despite initial measures to slow its spread.
Pig prices have plunged in China's northeast after farmers were unable to transport their herds out of infected provinces, while prices in the south have surged, reports Reuters. News of the spread of the disease sent shares at top domestic pork producer Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co Ltd closing down 7 percent on Monday.
Local government officials have enacted the emergency response plan and measures including blockade, culling, disinfection, and more to treat all the sick and culled pigs harmlessly, authorities said.