September 24, 2018
2 new African swine cases in China reported in Jilin, Inner Mongolia
The deadly African swine fever continues to spread in China as it reported two new cases on Friday, Sept. 21, according to Reuters.
The latest ASF cases occurred in Gongzhuling city in Jilin province in the northeast and in the Horqin Right Banner area of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
In Gongzhuling, the disease killed 56 pigs on a farm with 484 pigs, while in Inner Mongolia 22 pigs were killed on a farm of 138 animals, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the Reuters report said.
In an earlier report, Rabobank said that of Sept. 18, China has had 20 ASF cases in seven provinces. The first ASF case in China was reported on Aug. 3 in Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province.
To prevent the spread of the virus, China has restricted the movement of live animals within the affected provinces and their neighboring provinces. It has also closed live markets and banned the use of feed derived from pig blood.
However, the state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday, the spread of the disease was not being abated by the local authorities' lack of manpower and financial resources.
It said that county-level animal health supervision agencies were being manned by an average of fewer than 10 people, and that law enforcement was "seriously insufficient".