According to the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China on May 29, a new outbreak of African swine fever occurred in Yongdeng county, Lanzhou city, Gansu province. Recently, a report from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) in Gansu has shown that the new outbreak of African swine fever was at a pig farm in Lanzhou, Gansu. It was confirmed by China CDC that the farm contains about 10,000 pigs, among which 280 pigs have symptoms of African Swine Fever and 92 pigs have died from the disease.
After the outbreak occurred in Gansu, an investigation group was immediately sent by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs to manage and supervise the situation of the pandemic. The government in Gansu has already issued a new emergency implementation plan for African swine fever in 2020, according to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
According to the new version of the emergency implementation plan for African swine fever in 2020, epidemic focus, epidemic areas, and vulnerable areas should be categorized scientifically. In terms of epidemic focus, infected and sick pigs should be slaughtered immediately and with precision, and bio-safety disposal measures should be undertaken after the slaughter. Additionally, sending live pigs and related products in and out of Gansu should be prohibited. The management of the epidemic situation is ongoing.
Muyuan Foods denies connection with ASF outbreak in Gansu
On June 2, Muyuan Foods Co., Ltd (Muyuan Foods), a China-based company principally engaged in the breeding and distribution of pigs, replied to investors on an interactive platform that the outbreak of African Swine Fever, which was reported by the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China on May 29, has no relation with Muyuan Foods. Muyuan Foods has recently not established any farmland in Yongdeng county, Lanzhou city, Gansu province.
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs issues second edition of emergency plan for ASF 2020
In order to adjust to the new requirement and new situation of the prevention of African swine fever, strengthen control of African Swine Fever and provide a guidance on how to manage African Swine Fever scientifically, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has recently issued a second edition of its emergency implementation plan in response to African swine fever in 2020. Meanwhile, the first edition of the emergency implementation plan for African swine fever has been suspended.
It is clear in the second edition of the emergency implementation plan that any company or individual should immediately report to the local authorities if pigs unexpectedly die, such as the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Animal Health Supervision or the provincial China CDC. After learning of cases of pig deaths, local authorities should evaluate whether the cases are considered suspicious. In terms of suspicious cases of African swine fever, the local authorities should take samples for testing immediately. Positive test results should be considered suspicious cases. If the test results from the provincial China CDC are positive, a suspicious case should be considered as a confirmed case.
As for the ASF cases discovered during transportation, illegal transportation of pigs without a valid quarantine certificate should be handled according to the Animal Epidemic Prevention Law of the People’s Republic of China. In terms of legal transportation of pigs with a valid quarantine certificate, subsidies for pig slaughter and bio-safety disposal measures will be given by the place of the African swine fever outbreak and the location exporting pigs.
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