Guizhou Prov­ince re­moves swine fever block­ades in five coun­ties

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All swine fever block­ades in five coun­ties in Southwest China’s Guizhou Prov­ince have been re­moved, an of­fi­cial said at a press con­fer­ence, ac­cord­ing to Guizhou TV.

Since new out­breaks were re­ported in Oc­to­ber 2018, Guizhou’s African swine fever pre­ven­tion and con­trol of­fice has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing and clean­ing up in a three-kilo­me­ter ra­dius around the af­fected area, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Guizhou TV on Mon­day.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties took the lead in ban­ning slops in pig feed­ing and be­gan trans­porta­tion ar­range­ments for pigs and pork prod­ucts, the re­port said.

Since pre­ven­tion and con­trol work be­gan, the provin­cial agri­cul­ture and ru­ral af­fairs de­part­ments have in­ves­ti­gated and han­dled 688 cases of il­le­gal pig trans­porta­tion, 10,400 in­fected pigs have been culled, and 121,500 kilo­grams of pork prod­ucts have been de­stroyed.

A to­tal of 595 suspects have been in­ves­ti­gated, and 472 have been fined a to­tal of 1.57 mil­lion yuan ($228,900), the press con­fer­ence dis­closed.

Block­ades in Qix­ing­guan dis­trict, Hezhang county in Bi­jie city, Baiyun dis­trict and Wu­dang dis­trict of Guiyang, and Longli county of Qian­nan Au­tonomous Pre­fec­ture have been lifted.

The lo­cal pub­lic se­cu­rity of­fices have dealt with nine criminal of­fences in­volv­ing swine flu, ar­rested 30 suspects, placed 28 in criminal detention and ar­rested 25 suspects since 2018.

Eigh­teen cases have been pro­cessed, with 20 un­der detention, and five have been fined, said He Chuande, an of­fi­cial with the provin­cial pub­lic se­cu­rity depart­ment.

The State Coun­cil cir­cu­lated a guide­line to en­hance pre­ven­tion and con­trol of swine fever on July 3, call­ing for more ef­forts to su­per­vise the entire chain of China’s pig in­dus­try.

The guide­line re­quires the strength­en­ing of reg­u­la­tions on dis­ease pre­ven­tion and con­trol in pig farms, trans­porta­tion and slaugh­ter­ing pro­ce­dures, ac­cord­ing to the gov.cn web­site.

Block­ades in Southwest China’s Sichuan Prov­ince and North­west China’s Ningxia Hui Au­tonomous Re­gion have been re­moved since July, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral Af­fairs (MOA). China re­ported its first case of the dis­ease in Au­gust 2018 in North­east China’s Liaon­ing Prov­ince. Later out­breaks were re­ported in sev­eral other provin­cial re­gions.

As of July 3, 143 out­breaks have been re­ported in China, with 1.16 mil­lion pigs culled, ac­cord­ing to the MOA.

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