Killer virus WARNING: How deadly swine fever could affect UK in an UNEXPECTED ...

swine fever chinaBacon prices will rise as China experience deadly swine fever (Image: GETTY)

The outbreak could cause the price of pork and bacon to skyrocket over the coming months, a British company has warned. York-based Beacon said the prices will rise with an increased demand on European suppliers. The company said its supplier, Bidfood, has found that throughout 2019, German and Dutch bacon suppliers have seen a huge uplift in orders from China.

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The deadly swine fever began affecting pigs on farms in East Asia last year, after being identified in China in August.

According to the World Organisation for Animal Health, African swine fever is a “severe viral disease affecting domestic and wild pigs”.

The WOAH also say the virus, which is “highly contagious” and can be spread by live or dead pigs, has no approved vaccine.

Whilst it is “responsible for serious production and economic losses”, it is “not a risk to human health”.

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swine fever ukLuckily, the deadly disease does not affect humans (Image: GETTY)

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