A Deadly Virus Threatens Millions Of Pigs In China


China is home to about half the world's population of pigs. That is why thirties there are scrambling to contain outbreaks of the African swine fever. This is a deadly virus that has killed thousands of pigs and is now spreading fast it could lead to skyrocketing prices. And that's a big worry China, which is the world's largest consumer of pork. And here's rob Schmitz has more. Say has never paid more attention to his heard of more than five thousand pigs. That's because just over a week ago. Hundreds of pigs at nearby farm started dying from a mysterious virus. And now gallon is staff are checking his stock for symptoms of African swine fever as well. You know, the pig is sick if its mouth has turns dark, and it's acting crazy when you find a pig that has the fever you need to slaughter it immediately. Pig. Farmers aging city in China's southeastern province of JJ a third place in China where thirties reported an outbreak of African swine fever since early August, a little more than a month around nine hundred pigs have died, and tens of thousands of and killed to try and prevent the virus from spreading. It's spreading very quickly and this diseases very dangerous. We're all scared. So our scientists your can Rick. The professor of veterinary medicine at Kansas state university is an expert on African swine fever. He says although the virus does not affect humans. It's shown a capacity to kill herds of pigs quickly. It's highly contagious and infected pigs die within five to ten days. It's not only the problem that this virus is steadily for peaks. The problem is also we do not have exceed. And without a vaccine says richt, China is particularly vulnerable. This is this is really big because it hits the biggest population in the world and the virus has been traveling fast in early August China recorded its first outbreak in the city of Shenyang in northeastern China, scientists believe pigs there eight scraps with infected pork from nearby Russia less than. Two weeks later. Pigs nearly a thousand miles away were infected then two days later, eight hundred miles south of that in farmer gal city of hitching another outbreak. Penguin senior agricultural analyst at rob a Bank. In Hong Kong says the virus is spread. We'll have a big impact on. How pork is bought and sold in China directly impact on talk is that China needs to maybe pay mall sauce enough hawk I'll talk from other countries. And that says pan will be tricky now that China's in a trade war with the United States and has imposed tariffs on imported American pork ten says China will likely turn to European pork suppliers. Instead. Back on the pig farm, and John province farmer. Gaglione phase worried about China turning to port from other countries. Pork is an important part of the Chinese diet. It makes up two thirds of our meat consumption. If we start importing I won't make as much money, but farmer gal stands to do. Well, for now, pork prices in his part of China have increased twenty three percent since the outbreak of African swine fever, the key. He says is to keep his healthy something that'll become more difficult to do as this virus spreads throughout

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