China's Guangdong reports foot-and-mouth disease outbreak

10:49, March 13, 2010      

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The Ministry of Agriculture Friday said a foot-and-mouth outbreak, which had affected 69 pigs, had hit Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong Province.

The outbreak was first reported on March 4 in Longgang District and confirmed by the National Foot-and-Mouth Disease Reference Laboratory Thursday.

The affected pigs and those in the same herd were culled, said the Ministry.

The disease was under control now, said the Ministry.

Previously, an outbreak involving 1,474 pigs was reported in Huangjinwei in Baiyun District in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, on Feb. 22.

Foot-and-mouth is a highly contagious and sometimes fatal disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals including cattle, pigs, sheep and goats.

Source: Xinhua
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