51 hogs in Guangxi infected with African swine fever

China | 8 Aug 2019 7:14 pm

China confirmed a new case of African swine fever in southern Guangxi.

The disease was detected in a truckload of pigs at a highway toll station in the city of Fangchenggang of Guangxi, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said, citing reports from the China Animal Disease Control Center.

Among the total 52 pigs on the truck, 51 were infected and one died, said the report.

Local authorities have initiated an emergency response to cull the pigs and disinfect the truck and the section of the highway involved.

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 2018 in the northeastern province of Liaoning. Later outbreaks have been reported in several other provincial regions.

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