TAIPEI (CNA) — The carcass of a dead pig found in downtown Taipei on Jan. 7 has tested negative for African swine fever (ASF), the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) said in a statement issued on Jan. 8.
The carcass was found in Taipei’s Da’an District and underwent an examination at the Council of Agriculture’s Animal Health Research Institute, which determined the animal was not infected with ASF, BAPHIQ said.
Taipei City government has already disinfected the area where the pig was found and has identified the person who dumped the animal, BAPHIQ pointed out.
The dead pig in Taipei came in the wake of the recent discovery of a pig carcass in a coastal area of offshore Kinmen County that was confirmed last Thursday to be infected with the ASF virus, BAPHIQ said.
Since then, quarantine measures have been tightened in Kinmen, which at the nearest point is about 2 kilometers from China, including a two-week ban on the shipment of meat products from the island to Taiwan proper.
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 Yang Shu-min and William Yen