Friday, October 12, 2018

China MOA: African Swine Fever Now Reported In Tianjin

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Following an earlier ASF announcement today - after two weeks with ASF outbreaks only being reported from Liaoning Province - China's MOA announces the first outbreak in Tianjin (one of the 9 National Central Cities of China), located about 100km from Beijing.

Tianjin is bordered by Hebei Province and Beijing Municipality, neither of which have reported African Swine Fever to date.

African swine fever epidemic in Yinzhou District, Tianjin
Date: 2018-10-12 18:08 Author: Source: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Press Office

The Information Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs was released on October 12, and the pig swine fever in South Africa occurred in Yinzhou District of Tianjin.

At 1700 on October 12, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs received a report from the China Animal Disease Prevention and Control Center. The samples submitted by the Tianjin Animal Disease Prevention and Control Center were diagnosed as African by the China Center for Animal Health and Epidemiology (National Center for Animal Disease Research). Swine fever. The positive samples were from a farmer in Houjiaying Town, Yinzhou District, Tianjin. The farmer had 639 pigs, 292 cases, and 189 deaths.

Immediately after the outbreak, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs sent a steering group to the local area. The local government has started the emergency response mechanism as required, and adopted measures such as blockade, culling, harmless treatment, disinfection, etc., to treat all the sick and culled pigs harmlessly. At the same time, all live pigs and susceptible animals and products are prohibited from entering or leaving the blockade. At present, the above epidemic has been effectively disposed of.