A large number of dead pigs were found on the surface of the river and along the banks of the Dalat Banner section of the Yellow River in Inner Mongolia in China, causing panic among the public, fearing that there are too many dead pigs polluting the water, and even more fearing that these dead pigs are sick and dead due to the Epidemic, which may lead to a bigger epidemic, and the relevant units have already started to salvage the dead pigs and carry out large-scale disinfection, and carry out epidemiological sampling and traceability investigations.
The reporter walked along the bank for more than 30 kilometers and saw at least five pig carcasses floating around, some with one to two carcasses, some with more than 10 carcasses or submerged in water, and some in piles on the shore, about 26 carcasses, looking white.
This reporter went to the local area on the 20th of this month, the same location, once again found dead pigs floating on the Yellow River, also about 20 dead pigs; but obviously different from the previous incident of pig carcasses floating. The local villagers did not know where these pig carcasses were floating from. Some of these dead pigs were adult pigs and some were piglets.
Due to the continuous dead pig events, local villagers panic, worrying that these dead pigs will damage the water quality of the Yellow River, cause environmental pollution, and even become the source of the spread of new epidemics. As early as January this year, Reuters reported that China’s 4th largest pork producer, New Hope Six, had infected more than 1,000 pigs with two new strains of African swine fever, and that the pigs infected with the new African swine fever virus were probably caused by farmers using “fake vaccines. “The reason for this is that the pigs are likely to be infected with the fake vaccine.
Last night, the Dalat Banner government said it had immediately set up an emergency team to collect evidence and investigate.
China’s outbreak of African swine fever in August 2018 caused a large number of pigs to be culled, resulting in a shortage of pork at one point and a sharp rise in pig prices, leaving the Chinese people without pork for the Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival. According to estimates by Chinese scholars, the African swine fever epidemic caused about 1 trillion yuan of losses in China until the end of last year, when production gradually returned and pork prices slowed down, and then encountered the Yellow River floating dead pigs incident, triggering new worries among the public.