Hong Kong reports first cases of ASF this year
Hong Kong has reported its first cases of African swine fever in nearly two years resulting in several hundred hogs being culled on a farm.
According to the USDA’s Foreign Ag Service the Hong Kong government policy is to cull pigs in the same shed as any pigs confirmed with ASF. The disease was confirmed in six pigs on February 4, 2021 and two days later two pigs in another shed on the same farm tested positive for the disease.
The majority of live pigs in Hong Kong are supplied by imports from mainland China. The last reported outbreak of African swine fever in Hong Kong was in May 2019, from pigs that were imported from the mainland.
The Hong Kong government says it has stepped up surveillance of all pig farms and is working to trace the source of the virus.