By William Yen
Taipei, April 9 (CNA) Test results conducted on a pig carcass discovered on the coast of the offshore county of Lienchiang (Matsu) last week have returned positive for African swine fever (ASF), Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center for ASF said Tuesday.
Samples taken from the carcass April 4 were found to contain sequences of gene fragments 100 percent identical to those of the ASF virus strain in China, the center said.
Photo courtesy of Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center for ASF
It was the fourth ASF case detected in pig carcasses that have washed ashore on Taiwan’s outlying islands, the center noted.
In the latest case, the location on the shoreline in Matsu’s Nangan Township where the carcass was found is approximately 25 kilometers from the Chinese coastal province of Fujian. [FULL STORY]