December 18, 2013


China reports FMD outbreak in Tibet



The Chinese veterinary authorities have reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) an outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Tibet, of which the affected population comprises cattle and sheep.


A total of 591 cattle were found susceptible, out of which 52 cases were reported. All 591 animals were destroyed.


In conjunction with the country's competent authorities, the OIE carried out vaccination of livestock. A total of 51,345 cattle, 348 sheep/goats and 1,124 pigs were vaccinated.


Apart from the vaccinations, other control measures such as stamping out, quarantine, movement control within the country, screening, zoning, disinfection of infected premises/establishment(s) and dipping/spraying were also applied.


The virus sub-type was identified as SEA 97 G2, the OIE reports. However, the source of the outbreak(s) remains inconclusive.