New swine fever outbreaks reported
China confirmed new outbreaks of African swine fever in Shaanxi and Guizhou provinces, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Dec 10. On a farm in Shenmu, a county-level city in Shaanxi, 19 pigs were confirmed infected with the viral disease. All of them had died, the ministry said, citing a China Animal Disease Control Center report. Outbreaks were also found in the Baiyun district of Guiyang, Guizhou, where five pigs were infected and confirmed dead, it said. A team was dispatched to Shaanxi and Guizhou immediately, and local authorities have initiated an emergency response to prevent the spread of the disease.