Dead piglet found on New Taipei beach amid fears of African Swine Fever

The carcass, found on New Taipei’s Fulong Beach, is being tested for ASF

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/03/02
By: Duncan Deaeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Health officials will test the dead piglet found Saturday for ASF (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Amid the continuing fear over a possible outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus reaching the shores of Taiwan, another dead pig, this time a piglet, was discovered on a New Taipei beach this morning.

Given the location of the dead piglet’s discovery near Dong Xing Temple (東興宮), on New Taipei’s Fulong Beach near the Yilan County line, authorities suspect the animal drifted from into shore from sea.

UDN reports that officers on shore patrol discovered the carcass around 11:00 a.m., and immediately contacted the New Taipei Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office, who sent employees to investigate the site and dispose of the piglet.

The site was quarantined while officers disinfected the corpse and surrounding shore. The pig will be tested for ASF with results expected by Monday, March 4.    [FULL  STORY]

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