Thursday, April 29, 2021

ASF continues to spread in China

China's agriculture ministry today confirmed there has been another outbreak of African Swine Fever, this time a farm in the northern region of Inner Mongolia.

It is the 10th outbreak to be reported so far this year.

Reuters reports that the outbreak was detected on a farm near Baotou city of 432 pigs, of which 343 died. Two other outbreaks have recently been reported in Xinjiang, northwest of Inner Mongolia.

"The epidemic is occurring in spots and no regional outbreaks have occurred," said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in a statement on its website.

Most cases of the disease go unreported, however, and the industry has said swine fever in northern China had a significant impact on hog production in the first quarter of this year, Reuters said.

China will divide the country into five zones from 1 May in an attempt to contain the disease.

Only breeding pigs and piglets will be allowed to be moved across regional borders.