China reports new African swine fever outbreak

Postado Setembro 09, 2018

The agriculture ministry said it had identified the disease on three small farms in Jiamusi City in Heilongjiang Province in China's northeast, and the cities of Wuhu and Xuancheng in the eastern province of Anhui. Experts from outside of the region will also attend as will participants from the private commercial swine sector.

Since the first case of ASF was reported in China on August 3, the virus has spread from northeast to central China and is now making its way to the south.

"By this Friday, we will come up with a framework for the region with priority action plans for each country", said Wantanee Kalpravidh, regional manager of the FAO's Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases, in an interview on Wednesday.

The seminar will review recent research studies and technologies and consider lessons from recent and ongoing episodes in Europe, it said.

The ban applies to imports from Bulgaria into Russian Federation of of live pigs, pork carcases, pork and products containing pork, pork embryos and boar semen. It has shut live pig markets in the regions, effectively preventing slaughterhouses and meat processing factories from using pigs or pork from affected regions.

Travellers from Shenan province arriving in South Korea voluntarily handed over pig products that were subsequently tested and found by authorities to harbour traces of the virus, The Korea Times reported on its website last month.

"Judging from the current situation, although the situation in China is complicated and the task of prevention and control is extremely arduous, the current epidemic is generally under control", Guang added.

"We have a steep hill ahead of us", said Juan Lubroth, FAO's chief veterinary officer.

Now in an attempt to contain the already-spreading outbreak within China, the FAO called worldwide specialists, particularly those from China and its neighboring countries - Cambodia, Japan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam - to the emergency meeting.