Pig carcass found in Kinmen tests positive for ASF

Kinmen,  Test results conducted on a pig carcass discovered in the offshore county of Kinmen two days ago came back positive for African swine fever (ASF), Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center for ASF confirmed Saturday.

According to the center, the last time a dead hog was found washed ashore in Lieyu Township was on Feb. 3, and it also later tested positive for the disease.

Lieyu Township, located on an island separate from the main island in Kinmen County, is less than 5 kilometers away from the city of Xiamen on China’s southeastern coast.

To ensure that the disease did not spread to the seven active hog farms in Lieyu, quarantine personnel were dispatched to collect tissue samples for ASF testing, the center said. All tests came back negative.

To date, Kinmen has confirmed ASF in 12 pig carcasses that washed ashore.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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