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African swine fever outbreaks under control: official

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-12-04 22:23
Workers disinfect passing vehicles in an area after the latest incident of African swine fever outbreak on the outskirts of Beijing, Nov 23, 2018. [Photo/IC]

BEIJING - African swine fever outbreaks are generally under control in China as prevention and control measures have been effective, a senior agricultural official said Tuesday.

A total of 81 cases of the disease had been reported in 21 provincial regions as of Monday, vice minister of agriculture and rural affairs Yu Kangzhen said at a meeting with political advisors.

Some 631,000 pigs were culled across the country and measures including strengthened monitoring of live pig transportation and tightened entry inspection and quarantine have been taken, according to Yu.

Thanks to the efforts, the situation has started to improve and restrictions have been lifted in 35 infected areas in eight provincial regions.

African swine fever is a highly contagious, viral disease that infects pigs. It does not affect humans or other animal species.

China will continue to tighten the supervision and prevent imported epidemics, Yu said.

More than 5,800 cases of the disease have been reported in 22 countries this year.

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