Swine fever quarantine ends in eastern city
Authorities lifted a quarantine on Oct 23 in an eastern city where an African swine fever outbreak occurred last month. Laboratory tests and on-site assessments by local authorities showed that the epidemic had been eliminated in the city of Tongling, Anhui province, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said. No new case has been discovered in six weeks. Meanwhile, a new outbreak of African swine fever has been confirmed in Hunan province, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Oct 23. Of the 546 pigs raised on a local farm in Yiyang, 44 were infected and 17 died, the ministry said in a statement on its website. In Changde, 208 of the 268 pigs on a local farm were infected and 31 were dead, the statement said. Local authorities have initiated an emergency response to cull and disinfect the pigs.