World Organisation for Animal Health: China reports first African swine fever outbreak
African swine fever (ASF) is not harmful to humans but causes hemorrhagic fever in domesticated swine and wild boar that almost always ends in death within a few days.
The notification on the OIE website said the outbreak in Shenyang, the capital of the northeastern Liaoning province, began on Wednesday and was ongoing.
There is no antidote or vaccine, and the only known method to prevent the disease from spreading is a mass cull of the infected livestock.
The report said 47 pigs had died from the disease and another 336 exposed animals had been put down and disposed of.
The report, made by the China Animal Disease Control Centre under the Agriculture Ministry, listed the origin of the infection as being unknown or inconclusive.
It said an emergency plan had been launched and control measures are taken, including setting up a quarantine zone and disinfection.
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