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Another 3 pork products from China positive for ASF: response center

2019/02/17 21:49:18

Image shows signs warning passengers about African Swine Fever upon arrival at Kaohsiung International Airport / CNA file photo

Taipei, Feb. 17 (CNA) Another three cases of meat products originating in China have tested positive for African swine fever (ASF), Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center for ASF confirmed Sunday, bringing the total number to 25.

In the latest three cases, ASF infected dried pork jerky from China's Jiangsu Province was found discarded on a Jan. 25 Cathay Dragon flight from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung, the center said in the statement.

Meanwhile, on Feb. 5, another ASF infected preserved pork snack made in China's Guangdong Province was found discarded in a bin at Shuitou Pier in the offshore county of Kinmen, the statement said.

On Feb. 6, dried pork jerky was found discarded in a bin by a passenger who traveled from China's Fujian Province aboard the Natchan Rera to Taipei Port in New Taipei, the statement said, though there was no indication on the packaging where the meat was made.

Since August 2018, a total of 25 cases involving pork products have been confirmed as infected with ASF including one in October 2018, two in November 2018, four in December 2018, 11 in January 2019 and seven in February 2019, according the center's statistics.

Since the first confirmed case of ASF was reported in China's Liaoning Province last August, Taiwan has been on high alert, worried that the spread of the virus from China could devastate the country's NT$80 billion-a-year (US$2.59 billion) pig farming industry.

Although ASF does not affect humans, the virus is deadly to pigs and there is no known vaccine or cure.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and William Yen)