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Hong Kong Orders Culling of Pigs Due to African Swine Fever

Following the discovery of ASF on a licenced farm in the New Territories district, Hong Kong authorities have ordered the killing of over 900 pigs.

Hong Kong authorities have mandated culling over 900 pigs following the detection of African swine fever (ASF) on a licensed farm in the New Territories district.

The Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD) revealed that 19 out of 30 tested pigs were found to have swine fever, prompting an immediate suspension of pig transportation from the affected farm.

Culling Scheduled for Early Next Week:

The AFCD announced that the culling process will commence early next week as a preventive measure to curb the spread of ASF. 

Additionally, inspections will be conducted at eight other pig farms within a three-kilometer radius of the index farm, with samples collected for ASF testing.

Assurance of Pork Safety:

While emphasizing the safety of thoroughly cooked pork for consumption, the AFCD sought to allay public concerns regarding the outbreak. 

ASF does not pose a danger to humans despite the significant impact on pigs, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation.

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