Hong Kong to kill 3,000 pigs amid swine fever concerns

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Hong Kong will kill some 3,000 pigs after health officials discovered the African swine fever at a local farm, a report said Tuesday.

The highly contagious bug was first discovered at a facility in Yuen Long last week, Bloomberg reported.

The region’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department shut down the farm’s transporting of pigs and said 3,000 of them will be killed.

The department added that the owners will be compensated.

Hong Kong receives its pigs from mainland China, which saw its pig farms ravaged by the African swine flu in 2018 and 2019.

The fever is highly contagious and deadly to the animals, but is not a threat to humans, according to the USDA.

The contagion is a threat to both wild and domesticated pigs and is most common in Africa, but has spread to Asia in recent years.

An outbreak has never been reported in the US, according to the USDA’s website.

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