China has banned direct and indirect imports of pigs, wild boars, and related products from Laos after the first outbreak of the African Swine Fever virus was found in that country. Reuters reports the southeast Asian nation recorded its first outbreaks late last week.
African Swine Fever is deadly to pigs but doesn’t harm human beings. Officials in Laos say seven separate outbreaks have led to the deaths of almost 1,000 animals. Thailand has also officially joined China in banning imports from Laos.
ASF has hit the entire country of China hard. Officials report outbreaks in all of its mainland regions, as well as Hainan Island and Hong Kong. The Chinese ASF outbreak was first reported in August of last year.