An African swine fever epidemic has broken out in China. Premier William Lai said Thursday that the possibility of death is 100% if infected. He said the virus will directly hit Taiwan’s meat market if it enters Taiwan. Lai is calling for the finance ministry, the Ocean Affairs Council and the interior ministry to work with the agriculture council to prevent the disease from entering Taiwan.
Lai said the virus cannot be passed on to humans, however there is also currently no cure for the disease. The premier has called for the agriculture council to provide timely information to pig farmers and consumers and strengthen publicity on the situation.