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African swine fever case confirmed in Hong Kong, 6000 pigs to be culled


An African swine fever case was confirmed in the Sheung Shui slaughterhouse in the New Territories of Hong Kong which is close to the border with mainland China and about 6,000 pigs would be culled, Sophia Chan, secretary for food and health of the HKSAR government said late Friday.

Chan said the incurable virus was found in a pig imported from a farm in Guangdong province on the mainland where an outbreak has devastated herds.

Chan said, in order to minimize the risk of ASF virus spreading from the slaughterhouse, all pigs in Sheung Shui slaughterhouse would be culled so that thorough cleansing and disinfection could be conducted.

“The operation of the Sheung Shui slaughterhouse will be suspended until the completion of the disinfection work,” Chan said, adding that the SAR government would enhance the surveillance and testing of pigs.

The territory’s fresh pork supply would be reduced in the near future but there would still be a limited supply of live pigs available from another slaughterhouse, she said.