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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. Through December 2018 the number of outbreaks reported in China approached 100, 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 still too early to know if ASF will have a lasting impact China’s pork production or its need for imported pork. When asked for comment on this situation, USMEF is very careful not to speculate about such an impact.