China Now Allowing Farms to Test for ASF

In a turnabout, the Chinese government is now urging commercials farms to test for African swine fever in an effort to curb the epidemic. Test kits were not legally available on the market until now, and only government officials could test for the disease after pigs displayed evidence of illness.

Reuters reports some analysts predict as many as 200 million pigs could die or be culled this year due to ASF, causing a huge shortage of pork in the world’s top producer.

Outbreaks of the disease, which is not harmful to humans but almost always fatal to pigs, has already been reported in almost every region of mainland China.