Here’s why ASF spread so rapidly in China
Yanzhong Huang is a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and a professor at Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He went home last fall to China and talked with relatives who had skin in the game as African Swine Fever (ASF) changed the hog industry in China forever, according to the Oklahoma Farm Report. Huang wrote about his experience in an op-ed for the New York Times.
His brother was the largest hog producer in his village, with about 150 hogs. He lost them all. “My brother’s and his wife’s losses, as well as their attempts to prevent them, are emblematic of what the epidemic has brought out across China. A crisis that might have been manageable quickly became a small catastrophe because of how the Chinese state operates,” Huang wrote.
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