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Nov 28, 2018 08:10 PM
ENVIRONMENT

How Deadly African Swine Fever Spread Across China

Workers disinfect passing vehicles on the outskirts of Beijing on Friday in an area affected by the African swine flu outbreak. Photo: IC
Workers disinfect passing vehicles on the outskirts of Beijing on Friday in an area affected by the African swine flu outbreak. Photo: IC

On Aug. 3, after China’s first case of African swine fever was announced, in the Shenbeixin district of Shenyang, pig farmer Yang Ming (not his real name) received a call from his daughter. She was concerned about Yang’s farm, 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the district of Liaoning province’s capital.

This was the first time he had ever heard of African swine fever despite 14 years in the business, he told Caixin. After checking on his pigs, Yang told his daughter, “Don’t worry, it won’t happen here.”

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