China reports first African swine fever outbreak in Beijing

File photo of a Chinese butcher preparing slabs of pork for sale at a market in Beijing.
File photo of a Chinese butcher preparing slabs of pork for sale at a market in Beijing.PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's Agriculture Ministry said on Friday (Nov 23) that it had confirmed African swine fever on two farms in Beijing, the first cases in the Chinese capital.

The disease was detected on two farms in Fangshan district, in the south-west of the city, the ministry said.

About 70 cases of highly contagious African swine fever have been reported in China since early August.

The disease does not affect humans, but is often fatal to animals.