Date
18 August 2018
Liaoning authorities have ordered emergency inspections on all pig farms, hog markets and slaughterhouses in the province amid swine flu worries. Photo: Bloomberg
Liaoning authorities have ordered emergency inspections on all pig farms, hog markets and slaughterhouses in the province amid swine flu worries. Photo: Bloomberg

Liaoning orders emergency farm inspections amid swine flu scare

China’s Liaoning province will step up inspections at pig farms and markets and strengthen the monitoring of hog transportation, after the nation’s first African swine fever case was reported there, Reuters reports, citing local media.

The African swine fever outbreak poses a major threat to the hog farming industry in the province and the whole country, and must be eradicated thoroughly, an official from the Liaoning animal health bureau was quoted as saying. 

The provincial government has asked local authorities to launch emergency inspections at all pig farms, hog markets, slaughterhouses and harmless treatment sites in the province, and report any cases of pig deaths due to unknown reasons, said the report, citing information from Liaoning Daily.

Any cases of slaughtered pigs found with splenomegaly or splenic hemorrhage, and immune failure among pigs after receiving swine fever vaccines, should also be reported to authorities.

Liaoning also ordered the temporary closure of all live hog markets and slaughterhouses in Shenbei district, where the outbreak was discovered, Liaoning Daily was quoted as saying in a report on Monday. 

China culled some 913 hogs near Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning, and banned transportation of hogs from the affected areas, following the outbreak.

Hogs and products in Shenyang can only be distributed within the city, while those transported from outside must go through strict quarantine.

The case in Liaoning, the first in East Asia, has stoked concern about its spread in China, which has the world’s largest pig herd, and possibly to neighboring countries in Asia.

Japan has suspended imports of heat-treated Chinese pork and tightened quarantine operations at airport and seaports, following the outbreak.

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