China’s five provinces of Shanxi, Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi and Tibet have confirmed seven cases of the highly pathogenic blue-ear disease, according to China's Agriculture Ministry.

The current disease issue has caused 3,278 pig deaths, another 7,724 were culled as of Oct. 20. Government officials point out that this illustrates a "better pig production situation this year against 2008."

Blue-ear disease issues in 2007 and 2008 greatly impacted China's pork production abilities, actually causing severe pork supply shortages for a country where pork is the no. 1 consumed meat. That in turn, made China an aggressive buyer in the pork export market, and the United States supplied a significant amount of that pork.

This time, the disease has been held under better control. According to China's Agriculture Ministry, no large-scale swine disease outbreaks were found in China since September.

Source: Pig International