BEIJING – China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) detected a recurrence of African swine fever in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China, the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the US Department of Agriculture said in a Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report. 

MARA notified the US Embassy in Beijing about the outbreak on Feb. 28. The outbreak was detected on Feb. 23. China also notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) about the finding.

The outbreak occurred at a farm in Yizhou District, Hami City, officials with MARA said. Of the 150 live hogs in stock, 16 were sick and 16 died. Local animal health authorities immediately activated emergency response measures. All hogs have been culled in the epidemic area, and culled hogs and sick and dead hogs have been disposed. 

“All live hogs and related products are prohibited from being transferred out of the epidemic area and live hogs are prohibited from being transferred into the epidemic area,” the report said. “At present, the epidemic treatment and epidemiological investigation efforts are ongoing.”