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. The Liaoning Provincial Bureau of Animal Health and Production reports that 8,116 hogs have been culled in response to the outbreak, which officials say has been contained. The second ASF outbreak was detected at a slaughterhouse in Zhengzhou City, located in east-central China’s Henan province. The third outbreak was in Lianyungang, located in the eastern province of Jiangsu. The fourth outbreak was in the eastern province of Zhejiang.
At this point it is too early to know if ASF will significantly 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.