China bans imports of Vietnamese pigs to prevent African swine fever

By Reuters   March 14, 2019 | 02:52 pm GMT+7
China bans imports of Vietnamese pigs to prevent African swine fever
Pigs are seen on a family farm in Xiaoxinzhuang village, Hebei province, China January 25, 2018. Phto by Reuters

China has banned imports of pigs, wild boars and related products from Vietnam after a series of outbreaks of African swine fever. 

China’s General Administration of Customs announced the ban on Tuesday.

Between Feb. 1 and March 3, the deadly virus was found in animals in 202 households in 13 cities or provinces in northern Vietnam and north central Vietnam, including capital city Hanoi.

The disease is fatal to pigs but does not affect people.

The move comes as China battled its own African swine fever outbreaks, having spread to 111 confirmed cases in 28 provinces and regions across the country.

 
 
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