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African Swine Fever in China

In August 2018, China reported its first-ever cases of African swine fever (ASF). China’s first ASF outbreak was announced Aug. 3 in the northeastern province of Liaoning. As of mid-March 2019, about 120 ASF outbreaks have been reported in China, including some at large-scale commercial facilities.

On Sept. 7, 2018, following an emergency meeting in Bangkok, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a media statement that the rapid spread of ASF across China will almost certainly extend into other Asian nations. However, at this point it is difficult to estimate the extent to which ASF will impact China’s pork production or the degree to which it will increase China’s need for imported pork. When asked for comment on this situation, USMEF is very careful not to speculate about such an impact.