Pig disease could damage China's pork market
Blue ear pig disease could damage the stability of China's pork market if the
disease is not properly controlled, said Sun Zhengcai, China's agriculture
In a speech, Zhengcai urged local authorities to step up the fight against
blue ear pig disease. He said local authorities need to take measures to ban
slaughtering, sales and transport of sick pigs.
However, industry officials said that farmers, who do not receive any
compensation for destroying sick pigs, could easily sell the meat at markets due
to lack of supervision.
Blue ear pig disease is estimated to have killed up to million pigs in the
past year. It is caused by a variation of the Porcine Reproductive and
Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus. It causes stillbirths in pigs, fever, loss of
appetite, diarrhoea and redness of the skin.
The agriculture ministry said authorities would start to immunise pigs in key
areas later this month.
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