China’s Agriculture Ministry says 88 hogs die from African swine fever in Jiangsu, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China’s Ministry of Agriculture said on Sunday (Aug 19) 88 hogs had died from African swine fever in the city of Lianyungang, in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, as the highly contagious disease continues to spread through the world’s biggest pig herd.

A total of 615 hogs have been infected since Aug 15 with the swine fever in Lianyungang, in Jiangsu province, where authorities have banned the movement of hogs, related products and animals that are easily infected both into and outside the affected area, the ministry said.

Emergency measures, including culling and disinfecting animals, have brought the outbreak in the city’s Haizhou district under “effective control,” the ministry said.

The ministry did not answer a call or immediately respond to a fax seeking…

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