Taiwan investigates dead pigs found under a bridge in Hualien

No need to panic, as no African swine fever has been found in Taiwan yet: authorities

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/12/25
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Inspectors are conducting tests on a heap of dead pigs found in Hualien County. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Investigators were off to conduct tests for African swine fever Tuesday after members of the public told the authorities they had found a heap of dead pigs under a bridge in the Hualien County town of Shoufeng.

Taiwan has been on high alert as the contagion has been spreading around China, with almost daily occurrences of travelers trying to smuggle pork and other banned meat products into the island.

The dead pigs, which looked like they numbered about seven, were first moved to a location where it would be easy to incinerate them, the Central News Agency reported.

Specialists would inspect the animals, conduct tests and disinfect the area, but there was no need for the public to panic, since no African swine fever had been diagnosed inside Taiwan yet, officials said.    [FULL  STORY]

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