China Makes Progress in Disease Control

by 5m Editor
26 July 2010, at 9:26am

CHINA - Remarkable achievements have been made in the prevention and control of animal epidemics so far this year, says the Ministry of Agriculture.

In the first half of this year, departments of animal husbandry and veterinary at all levels continued the effort to strengthen the establishment of the prevention system and intensify measures of animal epidemic prevention, according to an official source. Those efforts have helped strengthen the veterinary work system, boost its capacity, facilitate the prevention and control of fatal animal epidemics, and safeguard quality and safety of animal products.

In the first half of this year, the Ministry of Agriculture dispatched 40 supervision groups with a total of 125 persons/times to guide local prevention and control work. Meanwhile, intensive measures were adopted in reporting and inspecting epidemics, and 55 outbreaks of animal epidemics were inspected. The acceptability rates of immune antibodies of avian flu, highly pathogenic porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), and swine fever, met national standards. By the end of June, no outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu (HPAI) and FMD type Asia-I had been reported; FMD type A and O, and peste des petits ruminants (PPR) had been rapidly exterminated; and highly pathogenic PRRS had been effectively kept under control. Decisive and vigorous measures were adopted in particular by departments of animal husbandry and veterinary at all levels to prevent the spread of newly introduced FMD type O.

In the first half of this year, departments of animal husbandry and veterinary took active and effective steps to safeguard the health of animals provided to the Shanghai Expo. The entire processes, from breeding, slaughtering, to delivering of selected animals, were kept in inspection and quarantine, and unlawful veterinary drugs used in animals and animal products were under thorough supervision.