BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Sichuan province has banned the import of all live hogs and hog products from other regions to prevent African swine fever, the provincial government said in a notice posted on its website on Friday.

The ban was effective from Nov. 8 and comes after several provinces bordering Sichuan reported outbreaks of the highly contagious disease.

Sichuan in China’s southwest is the nation’s top hog producer.

Reporting by Dominique Patton

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