Swine fever breaks out in Shanxi

Shanghai Daily - - NATION - (Xin­hua)

AN out­break of African swine fever in the north­ern prov­ince of Shanxi has been con­firmed by the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral Af­fairs.

At a farm in Yaodu District of Lin­fen City, 45 pigs were con­firmed in­fected with the highly con­ta­gious vi­ral dis­ease and 35 were dead, the min­istry said.

A team was dis­patched to Shanxi im­me­di­ately, and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have ini­ti­ated an emer­gency re­sponse to block, cull and dis­in­fect the af­fected pigs.

African swine fever is be­lieved to in­fect only pigs, and no hu­mans or other species have thus far been in­fected.

China re­ported its first case of the dis­ease in Au­gust in the north­east prov­ince of Liaon­ing. Later out­breaks were re­ported in sev­eral other provin­cial re­gions.

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