China Faces Challenges in Containing Swine Flu Infection
The Year of the Pig is getting off to a rough start in China as the world's largest consumer of pork and home to half the world's pigs struggles to contain the spread of the African swine fever (ASF) virus. Recent incidents, where traces of the virus were found in samples of frozen pork dumplings, suggest the outbreak is more widespread than has been reported, analysts said. They add that the disease could have devastating socioeconomic consequences for both Chinese consumers and the global pig industry. Latest outbreaks Over the weekend, food safety regulators in southern Hunan and northwest Gansu provinces identified traces of the virus in pork products, including frozen dumplings. The first outbreaks of African swine flu showed up in the northeastern province of Liaoning in August of last year. Since then, China has reported more than 100 outbreaks from 25 of the country's 34 provincial-level administrative units, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization under the United Nations. Of China's population of 430 million pigs, nearly one million have been culled because there's not yet a vaccine to prevent and halt the spread of the virus. The losses have added pressure to local pig farmers, who are already be set with rising feed costs brought on by U.S.-China trade frictions. Food scare Chinese authorities have worked with food manufacturers to address the latest outbreaks, but it remains unclear if all contaminated frozen pork products have been located and destroyed. Although the virus poses no risk to human health, people are likely to be one of the carriers of the disease and can spread the virus through contaminated water or waste food. The disease is highly contagious among domestic and wild pigs and the virus is very difficult to eradicate. It can survive for an hour at boiling... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, China Faces Challenges in Containing Swine Flu Infection, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Wednesday, 20 February
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