China launched an emergency response plan after the country’s first outbreak of African swine fever killed 47 pigs. On Wednesday [1 August 2018], a suspected outbreak was discovered in a pig farm in the city of Shenyang, capital of northeast China’s Liaoning province. The case was confirmed Friday, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement on its website…Full Article: China Daily Aug 2018

Authorities in Northeast China’s Liaoning Province said they have contained the first case of African swine fever (ASF) in China, but pork sales appear to have been affected…Full Article: The Global Times Aug 2018

Key Point

  • A total of 47 pigs out of the 383 pigs on the farm in Shenbei New District, northern Shenyang, Liaoning Province, were killed by African Swine Fever. As a result of quarantine measures, 8,116 pigs were culled in Shenyang.

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  • African swine fever virus (ASFV) is a highly contagious disease of pigs that has a near 100% mortality rate. The disease was first reported in Kenya in 1921 and was introduced to the Caucasus region when it spread to Georgia in mid-2007. Since this introduction, ASFV has spread to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Russia. From 2007 to 2017, Russia reported more than 1,000 ASFV outbreaks that resulted in approximately 800,000 pigs being killed. From March to October 2017, there were outbreaks of ASFV in Siberia, causing concern that the disease could spread to China. In August 2018, the FAO noted that ASFV strain detected in China was “similar” to the strain detected in Russia in 2017.

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