Of those, 15,000 were killed by the virus. "It started with a few pigs a day, then it was hundreds," said Sun, a pig farmer and agricultural entrepreneur from Hebei Province, China. "In the end, 800 pigs would die in a single day."
African swine fever (ASF) is decimating China's pork industry, by far the largest in the world. Dutch bank Rabobank, which lends to the global agricultural sector, estimates the country's pig population could shrink by a third in 2019 – up to 200 million animals – through a combination of disease and culling
To put it in context
The virus is harmful to humans but deadly to the pigs – and, so far, there is no cure or vaccine. Originally in Africa, outbreaks were recorded in eastern Europe and Russia before it first appeared in China last August
It has since spread to other Asian countries, including Vietnam and Cambodia
In March, the Chinese government said it had and "good control" of the epidemic. China's central authorities have taken the right steps to bring the virus under control. According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Beijing's ASF has not been spreading as fast as it has been before
"They've done everything they could possibly do to control the disease, they had a plan, they had a strategy, they were responding very vigorously," said Vincent Martin, FAO representative in China. prevention teams working at Sun Dawu's pig farm after the outbreak, which killed more than 15,000 of his animals by March 2019. ” data-src-mini=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190506144417-02-swine-flu-china-small-169.jpg” data-src-xsmall=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190506144417-02-swine-flu-china-medium-plus-169.jpg” data-src-small=”http://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190506144417-02-swine-flu-china-large-169.jpg” data-src-medium=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190506144417-02-swine-flu-china-exlarge-169.jpg” data-src-large=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190506144417-02-swine-flu-china-super-169.jpg” data-src-full16x9=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190506144417-02-swine-flu-china-full-169.jpg” data-src-mini1x1=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190506144417-02-swine-flu-china-small-11.jpg” data-demand-load=”not-loaded” data-eq-pts=”mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhEAAJAJEAAAAAAP///////wAAACH5BAEAAAIALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKlI+py+0Po5yUFQA7″/>