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African swine fever has Chinese pork industry in a sweat

Deadly virus is nearly always fatal to pigs, threatening world's largest market

Much of China's pork comes from small, financially vulnerable farms like this one in Shandong province.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China is fighting an uphill battle against deadly and highly contagious African swine fever, which is threatening the domestic pork industry in the world's largest market for the meat.

Despite all-out efforts by the government to contain the disease, which started more than three months ago, the fever has spread, with possibly dire consequences for China's agriculture and economy as a whole.

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