China has lifted pig quarantines in most of the areas where outbreaks of African swine fever have bee

n found, signaling a steady slowdown in the spread of the virus, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Tuesday.

Since the first outbreak of the deadly pig disease was discovered in Au

gust in Northeast China’s Liaoning province, 113 cases in 28 provincial-level regions have be

en confirmed by the ministry. Restrictions on the transport of pigs in 105 of those cases have been lifted.

The ministry has imposed strict quarantine measures in affecte

d areas and ramped up supervision of pig farms, transport businesses and the pork proc

essing industry after the onset of the highly contagious viral disease. Humans are not affected.

Yu Kangzhen, vice-minister of agriculture and rural affairs, said the spread of the virus has

slowed because of measures imposed by the authorities, but added that it’s difficult to wipe out the disease in the short term.

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