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June 07, 2019 - Vox

“Pig Ebola” is spreading uncontrollably in China and Vietnam

“Pig Ebola” is spreading uncontrollably in China and Vietnam
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It’s an unprecedented outbreak of a virus that’s deadly to pigs.

Officials in China have tried in vain to get the outbreak under control to protect the country’s roughly 440 million pigs, which make up more than half of all pigs on earth. So far, it says it has culled 1.2 million pigs, putting thousands of small producers out of business. McCracken and others say that is a significant underestimate.

By the end of the year, she estimates China may lose as many as 200 million pigs. That’s an astonishingly high number, considering that a single pig can produce 200 pounds of food. It’s also remarkable when you compare it to the 250 million poultry in 63 countries that were culled following the outbreak of avian flu in China in 1996.

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