African Swine Fever detected in a Hong Kong pig farm

February 15, 2021 - The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) confirmed the detection of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in a local pig farm on February 4, 2021, according to a report published by USDA.

This is the first local ASF case in the past decade. Based on contingency plan, the AFCD ordered the culling of all 240 pigs sharing the same shed with the infected pigs and prohibited other pigs in the same farm from moving out.

As a precautionary measure, this temporary trade suspension and movement measure also has been applied on pigs in the three farms located within three kilometers next to the infected farm. Meanwhile, samples were taken from pigs in the infected farm and farms in the proximity. No abnormality was found.

The AFCD pledged that they would step up inspection and surveillance of all pig farms in Hong Kong and would trace the source of virus. The AFCD indicated that they would notify the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) and send samples to an OIE reference laboratory for further testing.

The supply of live pigs from other farms and China has not been affected and the slaughterhouse operates normally. Currently, there are around 43 pig farms in Hong Kong, accounting for 15 percent of live pig supplies in Hong Kong. The daily local supply of live pigs ranged from 280 to 360 heads in the past twelve months, while the imported share from 1,600 to 2,000 heads.