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09.18
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FAO: ASF will also spread outside of China

African swine fever (ASF) has spread rapidly since its month in China and is likely to stay there. This is what the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced today. The disease will most likely spread to China's neighbors.
ASF was officially recognized in China for the first time in early August. Meanwhile, 18 outbreaks have been reported in six provinces of the country. In many cases, the sites are more than 1,000 kilometers apart.
Pork is very popular in many Asian countries. The spread of the disease to neighboring countries is very likely via pig products. ASF does not stop at national borders. The handling of the disease is extremely challenging because the virus survives for months in meat products, animal feed and manure, the FAO.
China has banned the transport of live pigs in the affected areas, which means that traders have to stand by and watch the stables being overcrowded and slaughterhouses being depleted.Meanwhile, in populous southern China, pig prices have risen sharply, and higher demand before a holiday week in October has made imports necessary.
Participants in a FAO meeting of experts in Bangkok from nine Asian countries agreed this week that they needed to work together across countries and report all new ASF outbreaks.

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