African swine fever out­break con­firmed

Shanghai Daily - - NATION - (Xin­hua)

CHINA has con­firmed a new out­break of African swine fever in north­east China’s Liaon­ing Prov­ince, the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral Af­fairs said yes­ter­day.

Of 1,353 pigs raised on a lo­cal farm in the city of Dalian, 20 pigs were con­firmed in­fected and 11 dead, ac­cord­ing to a min­istry state­ment.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have ini­ti­ated an emer­gency re­sponse to block, cull and dis­in­fect the af­fected pigs, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment. The out­break is now un­der con­trol, it said.

African swine fever is a highly con­ta­gious, vi­ral disease that in­fects pigs. It does not af­fect hu­mans or other an­i­mal species. China re­ported its first case of the disease in Au­gust in Liaon­ing. Later out­breaks were re­ported in sev­eral other pro­vin­cial re­gions.

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