April 9, 2019

African swine fever strikes China's Xinjiang region and Tibet


China reported another case of African swine fever (ASF), this time, happening in Xinjiang region.

The outbreak in Yecheng county in the northwestern province killed 39 animals on a farm of 341 pigs, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said. It also confirmed the first ASF outbreak in China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

The disease was found in two counties and one district of the city of Linzhi, the ministry said. Linzhi is in southeastern Tibet near the border with India.

A total of 55 pigs have so far been killed in the Tibet outbreak.

China has reported well over 100 ASF outbreaks across its territories since last August.

- Reuters