According to Reuters, African swine fever will spread further across Asia where it has devastated herds, and no country is immune from being hit by the deadly animal virus, the head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on October 30.

The disease, which has hit the world’s top pork producer China hard, originated in Africa before spreading to Europe and Asia. It has been found in 50 countries, killing hundreds of million pigs, while reshaping global meat and feed markets. The disease has spread rapidly to several countries in Southeast Asia including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Korea, and the Philippines and more countries are likely to be hit in the coming months.

The spread of African swine fever has not only ravaged the Asian pig population, but also sent international pork prices rocketing and hit animal feed markets such as corn and soybeans. Beijing issued a series of policies in September aimed at supporting national hog production and securing meat supplies.

African swine fever has been found on farms in eastern Europe, but its spread had been mostly contained, due mainly to tight security measures implemented in some countries.

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