July 5, 2019 / 11:01 AM / in 19 days

China confirms new African swine fever outbreak in Guangxi

FILE PHOTO: Police officers and workers in protective suits are seen at a checkpoint on a road leading to a farm owned by Hebei Dawu Group where African swine fever was detected, in Xushui district of Baoding, Hebei province, China February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Hallie Gu/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s agriculture ministry said on Friday it had confirmed an African swine fever outbreak in Luchuan county in the southwestern region of Guangxi that killed nine pigs on a farm.

China has reported 143 outbreaks of the incurable disease since August last year, and culled almost 1.2 million pigs.

Many outbreaks are not reported, farmers have told Reuters, and as many as half of China’s breeding pigs may have died or been slaughtered because of the spreading disease, industry insiders have estimated.

Reporting by Dominique Patton; editing by Darren Schuettler

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