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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. By late September, the number of outbreaks had grown to 20, covering seven different provinces. Through late October the number of outbreaks in China exceeds 40, including some at large-scale commercial facilities.

On Sept. 7, 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 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.