Foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks reported
Updated: 2006-01-17 07:13
China confirmed Monday the outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in Northwest
China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and East China's Jiangsu Province.
Two heads of cattle raised by a farmer in Xuanhe Town, Zhongwei City in the
Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region showed the symptom of gum cankering, tongue
blister on January 4, with one dead the next day, the Ministry of Agriculture
said Monday on its website.
The initial tests by the region's veterinary authorities indicated this a
suspected Asia I strain of foot-and-mouth disease case. The National
Foot-and-Mouth Disease Lab confirmed the case on January 14, the ministry
Eighty-nine heads of cattle and 110 sheep have been culled in the vicinity of
the outbreak in the region to guard against the spread of the disease, said the
In a farm in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, twenty cows took on the symptoms of
salivation on January 11, which was diagnosed as a suspected Asia I strain of
foot-and-mouth disease by provincial veterinary authorities and confirmed by the
National Foot-and-Mouth Disease Lab January 16, according to the ministry.
100 heads of cattle have been killed in the region.
The outbreaks have been brought under control, said the ministry, adding
that the areas around the two outbreaks have been sealed off and
The ministry also ordered the emergency vaccination of all susceptible
animals in the vicinity of the outbreaks.