Fewer cases of animal diseases in China

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, October 17, 2007

China has seen a decrease in the number of major animal disease outbreaks.

According to China Daily bird flu and foot-and-mouth diseases dropped down in recent years.

There were 50 cases of bird flu in China during 2004. The number of cases decreased to 32 during 2005 and 11 in the following year. Over the nine months to September, only three incidents were reported. China also detected seven outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease over the first eight months of 2007, compared with 10 cases in 2006 and 17 in 2005.

Over the calendar year to date, about 280,000 pigs contracted blue ear disease in 286 Chinese counties, resulting in more than 70,000 deaths. The number of cases fell sharply towards the end of August – only reported in 14 counties and reportedly no further spread.

With fewer cases of animal epidemic diseases, China’s meat production is expected to continue to stabilise.