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China detects African swine fever in pigs illegally transported to Guizhou

China announced on Friday (31 May) it had detected the African swine fever virus in pigs being illegally transported to southwestern Guizhou province.

2 June 2019, at 9:00am

A truck carrying 32 pigs from another province was stopped near the city of Duyun in Guizhou. One pig was already dead and another was sick, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on its website.

This week alone, China confirmed a number of new outbreaks: in the southwestern Yunnan province on Saturday (25 May) and Wednesday (29 May), and in the Guangxi region on Monday (27 May).

The outbreaks in Yunnan province were confirmed on a farm of 104 pigs in Yanshan town on Saturday and then on a farm of 80 pigs in Menghai county in Xishuangbanna, killing 12 according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

The southwestern Guangxi region confirmed an outbreak in Bobai county, said the Bobai government on its website on Monday. The disease was detected in a single pig in a household in the county.