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Pig disease
African swine fever in China
  1. Xiangdong Li and
  2. Kegong Tian
  1. National Research Center for Veterinary Medicine, High-Tech District, Luoyang, China and College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, Henan Agricultural University, Zhengzhou, China
  1. e-mail: Tiankg{at}

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An outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) has recently been reported in China.1 This first case of ASF was reported on 1 August, 2018 in Shenyang City, Liaoning province. Since then, three more ASF outbreaks were officially announced (VR, 1 September 2018, vol 183, p 248) in Zhengzhou City of Henan province (14 August, 2018), Lianyungang City of Jiangsu province (15 August, 2018), and Leqing City of Zhejiang province (17 August, 2018) (Fig 1).

Fig 1: Location of official reported cases of African swine fever virus (ASFV) in China. Embedded Image cities with ASFV outbreaks, Embedded Image the two cities where the pigs were imported from in the reported ASFV outbreaks, Embedded Image the confirmed pig shipments in two ASF outbreaks. HLJ Heilongjiang province, JL Jilin province, LN Liaoning province, HN Henan province, JS Jiangsu province, ZJ Zhejiang province

The Chinese government has announced these outbreaks of ASF on the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and official Chinese websites (Table 1). The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs …

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