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Pig Virus Found in China

U.S. officials are on alert

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Veterinarians and officials are hoping to keep a deadly foreign virus from infecting the American hog industry.

Tri States Public Radio reports African swine fever has been making its way off its namesake continent and into Europe, including Russia. Now, it’s reached China, leading to the culling of about 8,000 hogs.

Japan has closed its market to all pork imports from China.

James Roth, a professor of veterinary medicine at Iowa State University, told Tri States Public Radio that African swine fever is one of the biggest foreign disease threats to U.S. hog farms. Unlike some of the other diseases Roth watches, it does not have a vaccine.

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