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Russia: ASF may have been imported from the EU to China

The African swine fever virus (ASF) may have come to China from the European Union. This was announced by the Russian Food Safety Authority on Tuesday.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 40,000 pigs have been slaughtered in China to prevent the spread of the disease.
The first and most likely version is an import of the virus to China from one of the countries of the European Union. The virus could also have been introduced by wild boars from the South Caucasus region, but the likelihood of this scenario is low, according to the agency.
Russia and its neighbors also experienced several ASF outbreaks this season. Last week, Moscow said it could ban pork imports from Belarus after finding ASF in some meat products.
The increase in pork prices in Russia in July-August was partly caused by ASF outbreaks. The virus is a highly contagious fever among pigs, but it is not dangerous for humans.

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