The latest virus emphasises a need for a global debate on agricultural farming practices, added Bell.
China is currently the world’s major pig producer, producing double the EU’s entire contribution.
“It underlines the fact that these viruses are out there, and that they don’t only come from wildlife; they come from livestock,” said Bell.
“It shows that we need careful monitoring of diseases in our livestock. We need to stop the illegal wildlife trade, because wherever you look, you’ll find new viruses in those species.
“It’s about global co-operation between all sorts of disciplines, and to find a safe way forward.”