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China confirms sixth case of African swine fever

Newest outbreak found in same province as fifth case; China has culled 38,000 pigs due to ASF.

China’s Ministry of Agriculture said Sept. 2 that 134 hogs had died from African swine fever (ASF) in Xuancheng city of eastern Anhui province, bringing the total number of outbreaks in China over the past month to six, according to a report from Reuters.

Xuancheng is around 45 miles southeast of Wuhu city, where the fifth ASF case was reported Aug. 30.

On Aug. 31, the ministry announced that it had banned the transportation of live hogs and pork products into and out of the infected provinces.

Reuters also reported that as of Sept. 1, China had culled more than 38,000 hogs due to the ASF outbreak, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. China is home to more than half of the global swine population, numbering more than 500 million head.

European outbreak

Meanwhile in Eastern Europe, Romania is dealing with its largest ASF outbreak since World War II, according to Germany's international news website.

Romania's food safety authority said more than 123,000 animals have been slaughtered as a result of the outbreak so far, and it has now reached 11 of Romania's 41 local districts, cited Geronimo Branescu, president of Romania's National Sanitary Veterinary & Food Safety Authority, as saying.

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