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09.18
08:35

Urgency meeting of the US due to ASF in China

The United Nations (UN) is holding an emergency meeting this week. MEPs want to discuss with experts the dangers of African swine fever (ASF). The plague was first discovered in China in August.
To date, eight cases of highly contagious viral disease in pigs have been reported in China. Meanwhile, it is feared that the world's largest pig population is in danger and even the livestock in China's neighboring countries are threatened.
The outbreak in China is setting a new front in the fight against this animal disease, which Europe has now reached in Far East Asia over the past decade via Russia. Originally, the ASF was discovered in Africa a century ago. The virus is usually fatal to pigs, but it does not pose a threat to humans.
Experts from China and nine other nations, now threatened by the ASF, will attend a meeting in Bangkok from today to Friday. In addition, private persons who have commercial interests in the pig sector. The nine nations are Cambodia, Japan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN has repeatedly warned of the outbreak of ASF in Asia, pointing out the enormous dangers. Now you want to prevent the spread in China's neighboring countries.
China's authorities are trying to control the transmission of the virus by closing live livestock markets and transport bans. South Korea has already increased the quarantine controls at airports and forbids travelers from taking any food that could be infected.

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