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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Although the destruction of African swine fever (ASF) has been severely under-reported by China's state media, the evidence of the magnitude of the epidemic is only too clear as the video shows tens of thousands of pigs being killed when the disease was beaten in a single farm in Fujian Province, the nearest Chinese province to Taiwan.

Despite the very limited coverage of the issue in the Chinese media, it is known that the highly contagious disease has spread to 23 provinces and cities in China. There are only eight provinces left that have not officially reported the spread of ASF, including Hebei, Shandong, Guangxi, Hainan, Ningxia, Gansu, Xingjiang and Tibet.

Much to the chagrin of Chinese censors, a Chinese Internet user In recent days, a disturbing video has been posted on the Internet showing tens of thousands of pigs spitting blood and huge piles of dead pigs. China's Ministry of Agriculture confirmed yesterday (23 December) the spread of ASF to a farm in Guangzhou province, which brought neighboring Hong Kong to its knees.

On Saturday (December 22), a Chinese netizen uploaded a video showing tens of thousands of dead pigs on a farm in Sanming City, Youxi County, Fujian Province. After the video surfaced, it sparked heated discussions among Chinese citizens.


Screenshot from a YouTube video.

Some Internet users called it a "massacre" while others criticized the cruel treatment of the animals and the lack of basic hygiene guidelines. Many fear that sloppy mass lobes could only further spread the disease.

In Guangzhou province, the authorities yesterday reported the first case of African swine fever on a farm in Huangpu County. Of the 6,027 live pigs on the farm, 30 were infected with the disease and nine had already died.

After the first case of ASF in China was reported in Shengyang City, it soon spread to Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Henan, Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang, Guangdong and Fujian, among other cities and provinces. Despite the apparently massive extent of the outbreak, China has so far reported only 99 Outbreaks at the World Health Organization.

Lai Shiow-suey (賴 秀 穗), a professor of veterinary medicine at National Taiwan University, told The Liberty Times of having infected cases in China could not possibly have had 99 cases. "African swine fever has long since gotten out of control in China, Chinese companies raise hundreds of thousands to millions of pigs, can they all be sorted out, of course not," said Lai.


Screenshot from a YouTube video.

Lai estimates that more than 1

00 million of China's 430 million pigs are now infected with ASF. Not only are they facing huge economic losses, "it will probably be very difficult to raise pigs in China in the future," Lai said.

Ken Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods Inc., said The world's largest pork producer said in an interview with National Hog Farmer that the outbreak of ASF in China will provide American producers with a chance. Sullivan was optimistic that the resulting decline in pork supply would lead to a rise in prices, which would lead to a net profit next year, although most Chicago-traded pig futures declined by about 13% this year.


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