Medicine

China says battling swine fever is "complex and challenging"

China says battling swine fever is

The confirmation of the presence of this virus, which affects only pigs and wild boars, on the common walloon Etalle, about ten kilometers from the French border, "is a progression unheard of disease which requires a response to the height of the economic stakes are considerable for the agri-food value chains the French", wrote the ministry of Agriculture in a press release. The virus quickly spread across Eastern Europe, where food safety authorities have struggled to contain the disease.

France's agriculture ministry announced reinforced surveillance in four administrative departments (counties) bordering Belgium and extra measures to protect pig farms and slaughterhouses.

The EU is collectively the world's second-largest pigmeat producer after China and the largest exporter, with most of its pork industry concentrated in Germany, Denmark, France and Spain.

African swine fever is a highly contagious, viral disease that infects pigs.

The meeting on Thursday came as more than a dozen African swine fever outbreaks have been reported across China since early August, mostly on small farms.

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The source of the outbreak is not yet known but control measures including zoning, added surveillance and official disposal of the animals, by-products and waste have been applied.

The agency added: "The situation is taken very seriously by the various authorities and levels of power in Belgium and the measures are carefully put in place and monitored, given the potential impact for the livestock and hunting sectors". Strict prevention and control measures are defined at European and national level.

China has confirmed two new outbreaks of African swine fever in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and central China's Henan Province, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said Friday.

This virus can be transmitted easily from one animal to another either through close contacts between individuals, or by contaminated equipment (transport equipment, boots, etc.) or via food remains carrying the virus and abandoned by humans. They are thus trying to stop the spread of this infection across pig farms.


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