A series of African Swine Fever outbreaks in China is “here to stay,” the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Friday, adding that it could spread to neighboring countries in Asia.

#ASF #AfricanSwineFever pic.twitter.com/kq7BKXy50V – Björn Ooms (@Bjornooms) September 3, 2018 “It's critical that this region be ready for the very real possibility that African Swine Fever could jump the border into other countries,” said Wantanee Kalpravidh, regional manager in Asia for the FAO's Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases.

“The geographical spread, of which African Swine Fever has been repeated in such a short period of time, means that transboundary emergence of the virus, likely through movements of products containing infected pork, will almost certainly occur,” said Juan Lubroth, chief veterinary officer at FAO.

“We need to closely monitor the situation on the mainland, and in particular any imports of live pigs and pork products.

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