China foot and mouth disease outbreak: Chinese Ministry of Agriculture admits fatal disease | World | News


The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs confirmed that the disease had infected 39 of the 131 pigs, killing one of them. Foot and mouth disease is very contagious and affects animals with split hooves. Last year, China was forced to slaughter 286 cows after an outbreak of type O foot-and-mouth disease in cattle in Ruoqiang County.

The virus causes a high fever for two to six days, followed by blisters inside the mouth and feet, often resulting in lameness.Humans can become infected with foot and mouth disease (FMD) through contact with animals, but this is extremely rare, according to research published in the medical journal The Lancet in 2001 by Giovanni Luigi Capella.

In 2001, an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom caused a crisis in British agriculture, when more than six million cows and sheep were killed in an effort to stop the spread of the disease.

At the time, it had been estimated at £ 8 billion.

The first case was reported in Essex on February 19, 2001, but in the days that followed, other cases of FMD were recorded in Devon and Northumberland.

In March, it also spread to Cornwall, the Lake District and the south of Scotland.

The FMD epidemic comes after the Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan said the country had experienced 1,772 deaths in the first half of the year from an unknown type of pneumonia, some of which were Chinese nationals.

This is also happening while China is still in shock from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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