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China confirms new outbreak of the disease in Sichuan and Hebei provinces

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China on Saturday confirmed an outbreak of African swine fever in Sichuan and Hebei provinces, the country’s two major pork producers.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said that the outbreak had killed 38 pigs on a farm in Sichuan Province, the largest pig meat producer in China. In Hebei Province, the disease was detected in a bus that was illegally transporting pigs from another province.

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork. An outbreak of African swine fever consumed nearly half of the nation’s swine wealth in 2019.

China also announced another outbreak of the disease last week in the southwestern province of Yunnan.

Source: Reuters

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