Blockade for African swine fever removed in Beijing

BEIJING, Jan 15: Restrictions on pigs and pork transported in and out of Tongzhou district in Beijing were lifted Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

The district had taken effective measures to block, cull and disinfect the affected pigs after confirming the outbreak in early December, and no new cases of the disease were found in six straight weeks, the ministry said.

The ministry demanded local governments step up monitoring and take active measures to prevent recurrence of the disease.

Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Yu Kangzhen said last week that China was seeing a slowing in outbreaks of African swine fever, new outbreaks had become more sporadic and the disease was generally under control.

African swine fever is a highly contagious, viral disease that infects pigs. It does not affect humans or other animal species.

China reported its first case of the disease in August 2018 in the northeastern province of Liaoning.

Later outbreaks were reported in many other provincial regions.