September 6, 2018
Swine fever spreads as China reports 8th outbreak in Heilongjiang province
A new outbreak of African swine fever, believed to be its eighth, has hit China in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Wednesday, Aug. 5, Xinhua reports.
The new ASF outbreak was reportedly discovered in Jiamusi city, where 39 of the 87 pigs on one farm were infected and 12 died, the ministry said, citing a report from the China Animal Disease Control Centre.
Local authorities have taken the necessary emergency measures to block, cull and disinfect the affected pigs, the ministry said.
On Monday, Sept. 3, the sixth and seventh outbreaks of African swine fever, were confirmed in the city of Xuancheng in eastern China's Anhui province and in Wuxi, Jiangsu province.
As of Saturday, Sept. 1, over 38,000 pigs have been culled nationwide since the first outbreak in Liaoning province on Aug.3, ministry spokesman Guang Defu said on Sunday as per Xinhua.
ASF causes haemorrhagic fever in pigs that almost always ends in death within a few days. It does not infect humans.