2nd dead hog floats onto Taiwan's Kinmen, heightens fears of ASF spread

Another dead hog floats onto island in Taiwan's Kinmen County, day after other dead pig tests positive for African Swine Fever

Google Map showing location where dead hog appeared.

Google Map showing location where dead hog appeared.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A dead hog was reported to have washed up on a beach in Taiwan's Kinmen County this morning, a day after a dead pig which had also washed up on the island county's shores tested positive for African Swine Fever (ASF), according to CNA.

Coast Guard Administration (CGA) Director-General Lee Chung-wei (李仲威) said that at 8:40 a.m. this morning, a dead hog was found washed up on a beach on ​Hsiaochiu (小坵, Xiaoqiu) Island in Kinmen's Wuchiu Township. Because there are no pig farms on the tiny island, the carcass of the hog had obviously drifted from another location by sea.

Lee stressed that epidemic prevention personnel had already been deployed to the scene and the area where the hog had washed ashore had been sealed off.

Dead hog discovered on Monday. (Photo from Kinmen Coast Guard Administration)

As for the dead pig discovered Kinmen Island on Monday (Dec. 31), test results on Thursday (Jan. 3) reveled that it was positive for ASF, according to authorities. The Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine later today will hold the "2nd Meeting on the Central Emergency Operation Center's Response to African Swine Fever."

The Council of Agriculture said Thursday it would take measures to protect the island’s 11,000 hogs, as well as ban the transport of pork products from Kinmen to the rest of Taiwan for 14 days.

Taiwan has recently toughened up its measures against African swine fever as the disease expanded across China. The maximum fine for bringing in meat products from affected areas was raised to NT$200,000 (US$6,489), with repeat offenders facing a fine of NT$1 million. Despite the heavy fines, inspectors at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport have still found offenders on a daily basis