China: Local media suggest FMD is widespread

Recent reports in Chinese local media outlets suggest that Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in China may be more severe and widespread than has been hitherto reported.

The website of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) reports that local media reports suggest Foot-and-Mouth Disease outbreaks in Jilin, Heilongjiang, Liaoning, and Inner Mongolia, although these have not been reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Reported outbreaks
The country reported three outbreaks to the OIE during 2010: A new outbreak of FMDV serotype A in dairy cattle in a village in Daxing district, Beijing, which reportedly was controlled by stamping out.

Two outbreaks of FMDV serotype O, reported in early March 2010 (starting in February) on two pig farms in Guangdong (one in Guangzhou, the second one in Shenzheng); both were reportedly controlled by stamping out.

During 2009, China reported 14 FMDV outbreaks which were declared resolved.

Related website:
American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV)

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