What African Swine Fever Means for Canada’s Pork Industry

Canadian pork producers say they’re watching closely as African swine fever (ASF) spreads through China, wiping out large numbers of the country’s pig population and bumping up demand for North American pork.

ASF is a highly infectious viral disease that causes fever, haemorrhaging and death in pigs.

In China, an outbreak was detected in August 2018 and has since caused massive numbers of pig deaths, some due to the disease and some due to preventive culling, according to Bob Friendship, who studies population medicine as a professor at the Ontario Veterinary College.

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