Hong Kong has killed almost two thousand pigs after confirming a second case of African swine fever (ASF) in a month.
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) killed 1900 pigs from one herd on November 25 after the virus was discovered at a local pig farm.
Animals at the pig farm at Lau Fau Shan, in the rural Yuen Long area, tested positive for the ASF virus based on samples taken from 62 pigs. Earlier this month, authorities killed around 5,600 pigs after detecting an ASF outbreak at a farm in Yuen Long.
ASF is a highly contagious viral disease that affects farm and wild pigs. It can cause loss of appetite, hemorrhages, and high fever and can lead to death within 2-10 days. The virus can cause 100% mortality in acute cases.
When the virus is detected in pigs on a farm, all animals -sick or healthy- are immediately killed.
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