New African Swine Fever Outbreak Reported in Hubei Province

. ( China Ministry of Agriculture has reported an outbreak of FMD. )

Reports of another outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in China’s Hubei province in the central part of the country were confirmed on March 31.

According to China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, all 83 pigs on one farm were infected with the disease, which killed 73 of them. At the second 142-head pig farm, eight hogs were infected and five died, the statement said.

Both farms are located in the city of Lichuan in southwestern Hubei, near the border with Chongqing, where China's last previous ASF case was reported on March 21.

China, the largest pork-producing country in the world, has reported more than 100 outbreaks of this highly transmissible virus, including four in Hubei last November, that affects both domestic and wild pigs. It does not affect humans. 

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