Pork is one of Southeast Asia’s most popular foods, but African swine fever is killing production across the region as the disease spreads from China into Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia — while Thailand could be next. The disease is harmless to humans, but it’s fatal to pigs, and the epidemic could devastate the livelihoods of thousands of farmers.
How are governments responding? Vietnam has slaughtered 2.5 million pigs, twice China’s total, causing pork prices to spike 40 percent since last year. But regional cooperation is impressive, with Thailand exporting pork to Cambodia at a reasonable price to meet public demand.
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