BEIJING, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- China has confirmed a new outbreak of African swine fever in its northern province of Shanxi, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said Thursday.
On a local farm in Yaodu District of Linfen City, 45 pigs were confirmed infected with the highly contagious viral disease and 35 were dead, the ministry said.
A team was dispatched to Shanxi immediately, and local authorities have initiated an emergency response to block, cull and disinfect the affected pigs.
African swine fever is believed to infect only pigs, and no humans or other species have thus far been infected.
China reported its first case of the disease in August in the northeast province of Liaoning. Later outbreaks were reported in several other provincial regions.