ASF continues to spread in China: 3rd outbreak
It looks like African Swine Fever is spreading rapidly through China now. A 3rd outbreak has been confirmed in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, which is quite far away from the first 2 outbreaks.
The current outbreak, which has been reported by press agency Reuters, involved 88 dead pigs. The outbreak was confirmed in a herd with a total of 615 hogs. Authorities have banned the movement of pigs and related products both into and outside the affected area.
Emergency measures, culling and disinfecting animals
According to the ministry, emergency measures which includes culling and disinfecting animals, would have brought the outbreak under ‘effective control’, according to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture.
Workers in protective suits at the pork processor near Zhengzhou, where the 2nd outbreak of ASF was confirmed. Photo: China Stringer Network, through ANP/Reut
3rd ASF outbreak in August
The Jiangsu case is the 3rd outbreak of ASF in China in August 2018. What is worrying is that all 3 outbreaks have been confirmed in different parts of the country. Lianyungang is about 1,300 km south of Shenyang, where (see map).
A 2nd outbreak was reported in a pig processing plant near Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province in central China, which is 600 km west of Lianyungang. These animals had allegedly been on a transport from Heilongjiang province, close to the border with Russia. As a result, in the slaughterhouse, 1,362 pigs were culled.
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