At least 43 pigs infected with foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) have died at a large pig farm near Dalian City in Liaoning Province, China. The remaining pigs on the farm in Erdao Village were slaughtered by the police on order of local authorities to prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease.
“The infected farm was actually the biggest pig farm in the village with thousands of pigs. Recently, hundreds of pigs were infected with the disease. Tens of pigs have died. Armed policemen were seen going back and forth to deal with the outbreak,” a villager surnamed Zhang told The Epoch Times.
The slaughter of the remaining 2,500 pigs started on the afternoon of Nov. 25, according to Chinese media. The large-scale culling was to prevent the outbreak from spreading via the nearby Pipao expressway to other areas.
“It is quite normal for a livestock farm to have problems. As for how many pigs are infected, I do not know the details,” said Mr. Guo, security chief and deputy secretary of the village, after confirming the FMD outbreak at the farm. He declined to answer further questions.
Currently, the outbreak is said to be under control.
On Nov. 19, Chinese state-run media mouthpiece Xinhua, reported this case of FMD on the farm in Erdao.
Later on Nov. 24, the National Foot-and-Mouth Disease Reference Laboratory confirmed that the infection was caused by the type O strain, which is considered to be particularly contagious.
Due to rapid spreading and high risk of infection, FMD is top of the “List of Class A Animal Infectious Disease.”
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