The United Nations has called an emergency meeting of animal disease experts amid fears African swine fever (ASF) is set to sweep through Asia and devastate pig farming.
China on Wednesday confirmed its ninth case of the highly infectious disease since it was first spotted in the country a month ago and neighbouring nations are now braced for its spread.
Around 38,000 animals have been culled in the world’s largest pork producer as health officials try to halts the spread of a viral haemorrhagic fever which is often fatal to pigs.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has already warned the disease may spread to other countries. The disease is not harmful to humans, but there is no known vaccine for pigs and the main preventative measure is culling. Read more