July 17, 2019 / 11:55 AM / 3 months ago

China reports new African swine fever outbreak in Sichuan province

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s agriculture ministry on Wednesday said a new outbreak of African swine fever had been confirmed in Sichuan province in the southwest of the country.

The highly contagious disease was found on a farm with 102 pigs in Jiajiang county in central Sichuan, infecting and killing 21 of the animals, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement.

China, the world’s biggest pork consumer, has reported more than 140 outbreaks of African swine fever disease since the first case in August last year.

Reporting by Tom Daly; editing by Jason Neely

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