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ARCHIVE LATEST ASF China situation update

21 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, and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

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 in 23 sites (farms/abattoir) in 7 provinces/Autonomous Region. More than 90,000 pigs 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 [reference]. The government set a 3 km epidemic zone and a 10 km buffer zone around the epidemic zone. Since 3 August through 15 September 2018, 1,779,000,000 pigs and 39,084,300 places (including farms, markets, slaughterhouses, disposal sites, etc.) have been inspected nationwide.


On 13 September, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MoARA) jointly issued the "Notice on the implementation of compulsory culling, compensation for African swine fever"; the compensation for the compulsory culling was raised from 800 yuan/head to 1200 yuan/head (approx. USD 175).


On 13 September, MoARA issued the Notice no.64 temporary suspended the use of swine blood for feed; prohibited swill feeding in ASF affected and their neighbouring provinces; prohibited feeding swill without high-temperature treatment in other provinces [reference].


On 14 September, MoARA organized an inter-ministerial coordination meeting on prevention and control of ASF. Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Public Security, Finance, Transport, Commerce, as well as Development and Reform, Health and Family planning, Banking Regulatory Commissions, General Administrations of Customs, Market Supervision, Forest and Grass Bureau, Civil Aviation Administration, Post Office, Logistics Support Department of the Central Military Commission and China Railway participated. In accordance to the Notice of the State Council General Office [reference], the Ministries will enhance the joint prevention and control mechanism [reference].




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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Cailuo yi village and Yinjia village, Shenbei Street Zone, Shenbei New District (7 Sep).



Wenzhou City

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



Wuxi City

Yixing City (3 Sep).


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).


Tongling City

Shun an Township, Yi an District (7 Sep).



Jiamusi City

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

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Inner Mongolia

XilinGol League

Bieligutai Township, Abaga-qi (12 Sep), and Caiyuan Village, Shangdu Township, Zhenglan-qi (15 Sep).

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

Figure 1. Number of pigs transported across provincial boundary (blue) and wholesale pork price/kg (brown) in China*

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 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 translated into Chinese in collaboration with veterinary authorities and ASF national reference laboratory in China, and distributed [reference].
  • FAO mission to Mongolia and China (16-23 April) to explore the feasibility of wild boar surveillance. Following the 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 urged 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.

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]