December 23, 2011
As of Thursday (Dec 22), Taiwan had slaughtered close to 1,000 pigs following the island's worst outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in more than 14 years.
The pigs were culled earlier this week at a farm in the southern city of Tainan after showing symptoms of the disease.
Altogether 983 out of the 2,667 pigs on the farm were culled and the rest were vaccinated, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement.
No foot-and-mouth symptoms have been found so far in animals at 11 other farms within a three-kilometre radius of the affected farm, it said.
More than three million pigs were slaughtered in 1997 in the wake of a foot-and-mouth epidemic.
The highly contagious virus affects cattle, pigs, sheep and other cloven-hoofed livestock. It is not usually fatal, but an outbreak leads to losses in the production of meat and milk.