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Swine fever detected in Vietnam and China reports first outbreak in Guangxi region

China announced today (19 February) that it has confirmed the first outbreak of African swine fever in the Guangxi Autonomous Region while Vietnam confirms three outbreaks of its own.

19 February 2019, at 10:37am

The outbreak in the city of Beihai in Guangxi killed 924 animals in two farming communities with 23,555 pigs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement on its website.

Reuters reports that China has already confirmed more than 100 cases of African swine fever, which is incurable for pigs but harmless for humans, since it was first detected in the country in early August.

Meanwhile, in Vietnam, authorities have culled all the pigs on the farms located in Hung Yen and Thai Binh provinces, southeast of the capital Hanoi, the department said.

Pork accounts for three quarters of total meat consumption in Vietnam, a country of 95 million people. Most pigs are consumed domestically