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Source: U of Illinois news release

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Late last month, Bloomberg News reported that, "China's farm ministry is touting a complete recovery in pig numbers from the ravages of African swine fever by the middle of the year. Fresh outbreaks of the virus and other lethal pig diseases could pose risks to that outlook.

“China’s New Outbreaks of Pig Diseases Spark Doubts Over Recovery,” by Bloomberg News (February 22, 2021).

"A resurgence of swine fever cases in colder northern provinces prompted farmers to slaughter more of their breeding sows before the Lunar New Year, said Lin Guofa, a senior analyst at consultancy Bric Agriculture Group."

The Bloomberg article noted that, "Other viruses, such as foot-and-mouth disease and porcine epidemic diarrhea, have also taken their toll in outbreaks exacerbated by a harsher-than-usual winter, said Lin.

Also last month, Reuters News reported that, "New variants of the African swine fever virus circulating in China appear to cause a milder form of the disease, making it less deadly but harder to detect and to bring under control, a study published this week showed.

"The paper by a team at the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute under the Chinese Academy of Sciences is the second this month to report on natural mutations in the virus which ravaged China's pig herd during 2018 and 2019 and continues to kill pigs in the world's biggest pork producer."

With respect to a potential vaccine, Bloomberg News reported recently that, "China is still conducing clinical trials on a vaccine to combat African swine fever, with no timeline on when commercial production can begin, according to a top researcher."

Meanwhile, Reuters News reported last week that, "An outbreak of African swine fever has been confirmed in piglets being illegally transported through Funing county in China's southwestern province of Yunnan, the farm ministry said.

And Bloomberg writer Michael Hirtzer reported on Wednesday that, "Hog prices surged as rising cases of the deadly African swine fever in China fueled meat-supply concerns."

“Hog-Disease Outbreak in China Triggers Surge in U.S. Prices,” by Michael Hirtzer. Bloomberg News (March 3, 2021).

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