China prohibits pig farming in boar areas to block swine fever



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BEIJING, Dec 10 (Reuters) – China's Agriculture Ministry said on Monday it would ban pig farming in areas inhabited by boars to prevent the spread of highly contagious African swine fever.

China, the world's largest pork producer, has logged more than 80 outbreaks of African swine fever throughout the country since the beginning of August, killing hundreds of thousands of pigs.

The ministry said last month that a strain of the virus found on a boar was different from that circulating among the pigs, and warned of the risks of an additional strain infecting its domestic herd.

Report of Dominique Patton; editing by Darren Schuettler

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