African swine fever spreads westward in China
China bans pig farming in boar populated areas to prevent the virus from spreading and teams have been dispatched
The latest case of African Swine Fever in China was reported in the province of Qinghai, which is far west from where the first cases were reported.
On August 3, 2018, the first case of African Swine Fever was reported in Shenyang, Liaoning. Since then, there have been more than 80 cases of the virus reported across China. While the government has made efforts to limit the spread, the epidemic is still raging everywhere.
According to a report from Reuters, the latest outbreaks were recorded in Sichuan and Qinghai provinces on December 12. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said 19 pigs were put down at a farm in Bazhong city in Sichuan.
In Qinghai, 14 pigs were also culled in the city of Xining.
The ministry added that a response team was sent to the outbreak areas and has followed protocol in resolving the situation, such as setting up quarantine zones and disinfecting the areas, CNA reported.
In addition, the ministry banned pig farming in boar-active areas on December 10 in order to halt the spread of the epidemic. It was also noted that the virus strain found in boars varied from the ones found in domestic pigs.
So far, 17 provinces in China have been hit by African Swine Fever.