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China has reported its first outbreak of the deadly African swine fever, today.
In response, authorities in the Liaoning province culled almost 1,000 hogs to control the highly-contagious disease.
Cases - Europe - Russia - Africa - East
Cases have been recorded across Europe, Russia and sub-Saharan Africa, but it has never occurred in East Asia until now, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation.
News of the infection will stoke concern about its spread in the world's largest pig herd, and possibly to Japan, the Korean Peninsula and other parts of Asia.
Ministry - Agriculture - Rural - Affairs - Alert
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs issued an alert following the outbreak, banning farmers from transporting hogs from the affected areas and from feeding the animals with untreated food waste.
The ministry said the infection was discovered on Wednesday on a small farm with a herd of 383 pigs in Shenbei New district in Shenyang and was confirmed on Friday. Some 47 pigs died from the disease.
Control - Problem - Developments - Yao - Guiling
'If it can be put under control, it should not be a problem ... but we have to watch the developments very carefully,' said Yao Guiling, an analyst with consultancy China-America Commodity Data Analytics.
'If the disease gets out of control, the losses will be immeasurable.'
Appearance - Disease - Blow - Hog - Farmers
The appearance of the disease is the latest blow to Chinese hog farmers, who...
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