September 14, 2012
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) infections have been reported in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.
A total of 123 live head of cattle and 108 pigs at a village in Bomi County, Nyingchi Prefecture, showed symptoms associated with FMD, according to the China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).
The National Foot-and-Mouth Disease Reference Laboratory confirmed that the livestock were infected with type O foot-and-mouth disease after testing samples collected at the farm, the MOA said.
Local authorities have sealed off and sterilised the infected area, where a total of 612 head of cattle and pigs have been culled and safely disposed of in order to prevent the disease from spreading since the case was confirmed, according to the MOA.
Foot-and-mouth disease is a contagious and fatal viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including domestic and wild bovid.