China confirms new African swine fever outbreak in Tianjin
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China has confirmed a new outbreak of African swine fever in the municipality of Tianjin, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Friday.

“The outbreak was found on a farm with a total of 361 pigs in the Ninghe district of Tianjin,” the ministry cited a China Animal Disease Control Centre report.

The report said that 67 of the pigs were confirmed to have died from the disease.

Local authorities have initiated an emergency response to block, cull and disinfect the affected pigs.

African swine fever is a highly contagious, viral disease that infects pigs but not humans or other animals.

China reported its first case of the disease in August in Liaoning Province and later outbreaks were reported in many other provincial regions.

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Updated on December 14, 2018 at 9:06 am

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