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ARCHIVE LATEST ASF China situation update

07 September 2018, 09:00 hours; Rome


Information provided herein is current as of the date of issue. Information added or changed since the last ASF China situation update appears in red. For cases with unknown onset date, reporting date was used instead. FAO compiles information drawn from multiple national (Ministries of Agriculture or Livestock, Local governments and international sources (World Organisation for Animal Health [OIE]), as well as peer-reviewed scientific articles. FAO makes every effort to ensure, but does not guarantee, accuracy, completeness or authenticity of the information. The designation employed and the presentation of material on the map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal or constitutional status of any country, territory or sea area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers.



Hazard: African swine fever (ASF) is a viral disease affecting pigs and wild boar with up to 100% fatality rate.
Affected provinces: Anhui, Heilongjiang, Henan, Liaoning, Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces.

Map 1. ASF situation in China (August 2018 to date)

Map of ASF situation in China (August 2018 to date, information source: Veterinary Bureau, MoARA, China)
Click to enlarge - Information source: Veterinary Bureau, MoARA, China.


 Situation update

Since the China Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs confirmed its first African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in Liaoning Province on 3 August 2018, ASF was detected at 14 sites (farms/abattoir) in 6 provinces. Over 38 000 pigs have died or have been culled in an effort to halt further spread.


Currently, live pig markets in infected provinces are closed; movement of live pig and pork products from infected provinces is prohibited. The government set a 3 km epidemic zone and a 10 km buffer zone around the epidemic zone; destroyed all pigs within epidemic zone with compensation (at ca. USD 115/pig). Since 3 August 2018 through 1 September, 1 030 000 000 pigs in 23 035 000 places have been inspected nationwide.




ASF outbreak location
(onset date*)



Shenyang City

Wuwu Community, Shenbei Street Zone, Shenbei New District (1 Aug). Tracing back identified another infected farm in Xiaorenjing Village, Gaokan Zhen, Weinan District.

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Zhengzhou City

ASF was detected in pigs at a slaughterhouse (16 Aug). The pigs were brought from Heilongjiang Province (14 Aug) with official veterinary inspection certificate.



Wenzhou City

3 farms in Zhang ao Village, Yueqing City (17 Aug).



Lianyungang City

Baofu Village, Haizhou District (19 Aug).


Wuxi City

Yixing City (3 Sep).




Wuhu City

Yanhe Village (17 Aug) and Xuzhen Town (31 Sep), all in Nanling County.

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Xuancheng City

Wuxing Xiang (19 Aug), Guquan Zhen (22 Aug), Jinba township (27 Aug) and Tianhu Sub-district (31 Aug), all in Xuanzhou District.

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Chuzhou City

Fengyang County (2 Sep).



Jiamusi City

Changqing Township (1 Sep), and Xiangyang District (3 Sep).

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* For cases with unknown onset date, detection date or reporting date was used.

Figure 1. Number of ASF outbreak by province by onset date*

Map of ASF situation in China (August 2018 to date, information source: Veterinary Bureau, MoARA, China)
Click to enlarge - Information source: Veterinary Bureau, MoARA, China.
* For cases with unknown onset date, detection date or reporting date was used.


 FAO’s recommendations

Countries of the region

  • Animal disease containment in its broadest sense should be prioritized within the highest levels of governments.
  • Preparedness (e.g. contingency planning, standard operating procedures— SOPs, secured financial support) based on the principles of early warning, detection and notification, early reaction, and coordination. It needs to be reviewed periodically in relation to changing disease situation.
  • Application of strict biosecurity measures, frequently clean and disinfect farms, transport vehicles, and improved husbandry practices and production systems.
  • Strengthen surveillance and monitor transport of live pigs as well as pork products.
  • Good communication and coordination with swine producing commercial sector and swine famers are essential to strengthen cooperation in ASF prevention, detection, and control. Awareness and training of all stakeholders, from veterinarians to farmers, intermediaries and other value chain actors is needed.
  • Communication to public is to be in place to avoid the rumours leading to food safety perceptions and consumption disruption.
  • Farm registries, animal identification and censuses are essential to enable to locate animals in the event of outbreaks and animal health interventions.
  • Prohibition of swill feeding.
  • Strengthen proper disposal of food waste (food services, airports, seaports), which may contain uncooked pork products.
  • Sustainable outbreak control strategies must be in place. The strategies need to be developed in consultation with the private sector (pig production and allied industries, such as transport, feed operators) who should be actively involved in disease management options.

National Considerations, Inter-Regional Collaboration and Solidarity

  • Strengthening intraregional networks on disease management and diagnostic protocols.
  • Understand pig and pork value chains within the country and with neighbouring countries is essential for improved risk management.

 FAO’s actions

  • FAO organized an “Emergency Regional Consultation on African Swine Fever on Risk Reduction and Preparedness” in Bangkok, 5-7 September 2018, with the overall objectives to:
    • review the ASF situation and risks to the rest of China and the region;
    • develop a regional approach for ASF risk reduction, preparedness and response;
    • identify priority actions required for countries in a short, medium and longer term; and
    • facilitate the development of a stakeholder network for ASF.
  • FAO's Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) is communicating closely with authorities in China’s Veterinary Bureau to monitor the situation and to respond effectively to the outbreak inside the country.
  • FAO ECTAD is in contact with authorities in neighbouring countries, to raise the importance of preparedness to respond to the threat of further spread.
  • The FAO Manual on ASF Detection and Diagnosis was recently translated into Chinese in collaboration with veterinary authorities and ASF national reference laboratory in China, and distributed.
  • FAO undertook a mission in Mongolia (16-23 April) to explore the feasibility of wild boar surveillance along the border with Russia. Following this mission an awareness pamphlet was produced and delivered to herders/hunters and some rangers in the provinces that border with Russian Federation. 
  • FAO warned of the risk of African swine fever spread in Asia and urges regional collaboration including stronger monitoring and preparedness measures [reference].
  • FAO released a rapid risk assessment of ASF introduction in March 2018: “African Swine Fever Threatens People’s Republic of China” [reference].
  • FAO and authorities in China jointly developed a Field Epidemiology Training Programme for Veterinarians (FETPV) in China to strengthen epidemiological investigation, disease situation tracking, risk assessment and emergency preparedness.  ‘Graduates’ of the programme have been mobilized for epidemiological investigations, sampling and response activities.
  • FAO provided TCP/CPR/3501 “Developing Prevention and Control Strategies for African Swine Fever (ASF) in China” (Jul 2014 - Dec 2015; USD 380,000) to improve the capacity in ASF prevention, ASF preparedness, risk assessment, diagnostic techniques, epidemiology, raising awareness, strengthening national ASF laboratory coordination mechanism, and set up an ASF contingency plan.

News releases

  • 06 September 2018: UN FAO convenes emergency meeting of animal health experts in Asia in response to swine fever threat
  • 28 August 2018: Outbreak of African swine fever threatens to spread from China to other Asian countries.
  • 28 May 2018: FAO’s novel wild boar map could help manage African swine fever

Useful links

  • Good Emergency Management Practice: The Essentials [Link]
  • African swine fever (ASF) detection and diagnosis. A manual for veterinarians (2017) [English, Русский, 中文]
  • Manual on the preparation of African swine fever contingency plans (2001) [Link]
  • Rapid risk assessment of ASF introduction into China (Mar 2018) [Link]
  • Regional strategy for the control of ASF in Africa (FAO, AU-IBAR and ILRI, 2017) [Link]
  • ASF awareness video [Link]
  • Good practices for biosecurity in the pig sector (2010) [Link
  • Global ASF Research Alliance [Link
  • OIE disease card [Link], OIE Manual (2012) [Link], OIE Code [Link]