China re­ports new African swine fever

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

China re­ported an­other out­break of the African swine fever on Sun­day in its north­west­ern prov­ince of Gansu, the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral Af­fairs said on its web­site.

The virus, fa­tal to pigs but not con­ta­gious to hu­man be­ings, has sig­nif­i­cantly slashed pig out­put in the world’s largest herd since the deadly dis­ease was first de­tected in Au­gust last year.

The lat­est out­break oc­curred in a breed­ing co­op­er­a­tive in a county in Gansu’s Dingxi City, with 265 of the 287 in­fected pigs dy­ing.

China has re­ported such out­breaks in all its prov­inces on the main­land, as well as in Hong Kong and Hainan is­land in the south.

The min­istry said the lo­cal gov­ern­ment had culled all the re­main­ing live pigs in the co­op­er­a­tive and blocked and dis­in­fected the area among its other emer­gency mea­sures. (Reuters)

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