Foot-and-mouth disease case confirmed in Xinjiang

Updated: 2013-05-15 21:13


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BEIJING - China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) on Wednesday said that foot-and-mouth disease infections have been confirmed in cattle in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

On May 10, a village in Urumqi County, Urumqi City, reported that 106 head of cattle showed suspected signs of the disease, according to the MOA.

The National Foot-and-Mouth Disease Reference Laboratory on Wednesday confirmed the cases as type-A foot-and-mouth disease.

To prevent the disease from spreading, local authorities have sealed off and sterilized the infected area, where 331 head of cattle have been culled and safely disposed of, according to the MOA.

Foot-and-mouth disease is a contagious and sometimes fatal viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including domestic and wild species within the family Bovidae.