Millions of pigs culled in Asia

Asia
Published:  04 March, 2021

A second wave of African swine fever (ASF) is estimated to have killed as many as eight million pigs in China since the start of the year, while Malaysia is to cull about 3,000 pigs.

The ASF crisis in China is said to be derailing the country's plans to rebuild its national herd. In August 2018, the first outbreak of the disease was reported in China, and within a year it had spread to multiple countries and killed an estimated 25% of the world's pig population. As the virus lasts between six to eight weeks, some new strains of the virus in the second wave are reported to have killed seven to eight million sows.

Malaysia is to cull about 3,000 pigs in the Borneo state of Sabah as it races to curb the first African swine fever outbreak in the country. The virus was found in about 300 domestic pigs and wild boars in Pitas, Beluran and Kota Marudu districts on February 8-11, according to an alert submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health. The investigation is said to have started after the death of a wild boar and was extended after laboratory samples confirmed the virus in backyard pigs in Pitas and wild boars in Beluran.

Sources: ABC/Bloomberg