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African swine fever in China rages on

African swine fever (ASF) has been dubbed ‘out of control’ in China after being confirmed in all of the country’s provinces and regions.

The Chinese government confirmed last week that the disease had been found in two locations in the Hainan province, an island off China’s southern coast. ASF has now been found in every province in the country since it was first detected in August 2018.

The rapid spread of the disease has caused concern about a pork shortage, given that China is the world’s top producer of the meat.

The National Bureau of Statistics confirmed last week that pork output in the first three months of this year was down 5.2 per cent from a year earlier.

Hainan island was considered by China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs to have a good ‘natural barrier’ against the disease, and in …

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