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China confirms new outbreak of African swine fever

Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 11, 2020
The OIE have reported more confirmed cases of African swine fever in wild boar in China, but the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) say that the number of cases in 2020 is significantly lower than seen in early 2019.
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According to China Daily, a dramatic decrease in ASF cases has been observed in the first quarter of 2020, with Yang Zhenhai, chief of the ministry's Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine Bureau, telling a press conference that up to 5 March 2020, only one outbreak had been confirmed, compared to 12 outbreaks during the same period in 2019.

Topics: China African swine fever

He added that the COVID-19 outbreak may put some pressures on controlling the ASF epidemic, including restricted movement of animal epidemic control workers, but that the ministry is making efforts to maintain strict control measures nationally.

Two new African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks were recorded in the Shennongjia Forestry District, Hubei, on 6 March with a total of seven animals found dead.

PCR testing conducted at the Hubei Provincial Animal Disease Control Center confirmed the presence of the virus in the dead boar.


 

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