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CHIAYI ON ALERT FOR UNKNOWN SWINE DISEASE IN SOUTH CHINA

Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) Chiayi County agricultural authorities urged local hog raisers and veterinarians Saturday to be on the alert for an outbreak of an unknown disease infecting pigs in southern China, where 40 percent of affected livestock have died and the outbreak has shown signs of expanding.
County animal disease control center officials said that since June, pigs have been catching a disease that causes symptoms such as respiratory distress and dyspnea.
Some serious cases show signs of pneumonia, the officials said, noting that infected sows are prone to miscarriage or still-births.
High fever, high mortality and fast spreading are the main indications of the unidentified disease, which has been found Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangtong, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, with around 1 million pigs having died in Jiangxi alone.
To prevent the outbreak from spreading to Taiwan, which maintains frequent personnel exchanges with these Chinese regions, Hsu Sung-ling, county director of agricultural affairs, urged local raisers not to visit the affected areas.
For those unable to drop plans to travel to the affected regions, Hsu advised them to stay away from their farms for one week after returning from China.
(By Elizabeth Hsu) ENDITEM/J


Updated : 2021-07-29 16:24 GMT+08:00