June 11, 2013
Southwest China's Yunnan province confirmed an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in its cattle herd.
A village in Shangri-La County reported that 283 head of cattle had shown signs of the disease, the newspapers reported.
Laboratory test results released Sunday (Jun 9) confirmed that the cattle are infected with type A foot-and-mouth disease, the ministry said.
Authorities have sealed off and sterilised an infected area where 1,767 head of cattle have been culled and safely disposed of.
FMD is a contagious and sometimes fatal viral disease that affects hoofed animals.