Beijing, Aug 28 (AP) The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization is warning an outbreak of African swine fever in China could jump the border to neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia or the Korean Peninsula. Also Read - India-China Border Tension Stiffens, Army Chief Naravane Heads to Assam Amid Ladakh Talks

The FAO said in a news release today that outbreaks have been reported in four different Chinese provinces. It said the distances between each outbreak of up to 1,000 kilometers mean the virus could spread to other Asian countries. Also Read - Another Virus in China: All You Need to Know About Tick-Borne Virus That Has Killed 7 People

African swine fever poses no direct threat to humans but threatens to devastate China’s crucial pork industry. Also Read - 'Abrogation of Article 370 India's Internal Matter, Other Nations Have no Business,' Says Venkaiah Naidu

China is the world’s biggest pork producer, accounting for about half the world’s population of swine at around 500 million head.

China has culled more than 24,000 pigs and imposed strict quarantine and disinfection efforts in hopes of stamping out the virus.(AP) AMS

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