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Kinmen culling cattle found on farm with foot-and-mouth disease

Kinmen culling cattle found on farm with foot-and-mouth disease

Taipei, May 10 (CNA) Kinmen started to cull 198 cattle on or around a ranch in Jinning Township, which was found to have cattle infected with foot-and-mouth disease, Saturday afternoon with planned completion in two days, the county government said the same day. The virus, confirmed as type-A foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), was found for the first time in the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the meat of a slaughtered cow from the farm, Council of Agriculture (COA) Deputy Minister Wang Cheng-teng (???) said Friday. Further tests revealed that another cow on the farm was infected with the virus, Wang said, adding that the animal has euthanized. The virus strain was tested with 99.9 percent similarity to a virus strain found in Guangdong Province, China, in 2013, the COA said. Wang said the virus originated in China and may have been transported via the "mini three links" between China's Fujian Province and Kinmen, which is located off the southeast coast of China, about 10 kilometers from Xiamen City. A total of 110 processed products, mostly specialty gourmet gifts bought by tourists, from livestock in Kinmen were barred from entering the rest of the nation, the COA said Saturday. The county's magistrate, Chen Fu-hai (???), on Friday called a meeting and set up a task force to respond to FMD on cloven-hoofed animals in the outlying island county. In the meeting, Chen said that the county government had to verify which cows were suspect and not cull those which were not. It also dealt with what response and quarantine measures should be done according to a standard operating procedure and made plans to reduce the loss of products being barred from transport out of the county. Kinmen has a livestock population of more than 15,000, with the number of swine a bit more than that of cattle, according to the COA. Kinmen (also known as Quemoy) counts beef jerky as one of its most popular food products. Chen called Chang Shu-hsien (???), head of COA's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Saturday to call for the decrease of products being barred from transport out of the county and to ask for monetary assistance from the Cabinet for the loss incurred and expense of culling the cattle. (By Amy Huang, Y.F. Low and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-23 01:27 GMT+08:00