Heavy rains could cause animal disease outbreaks in China

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According to some reports, more than 1 million animals have died as a result of flooding in China. Last summer, heavy rains and flooding in southern China caused dozens of outbreaks of African swine fever.

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“The problem of emerging diseases is a much bigger problem than direct losses to agribusinesses,” said Pan Chenjun, senior analyst at Rabobank, according to farmdoc.daily

According to Reuters, the China Livestock Association urged companies on Tuesday to donate large quantities of disinfectant to a county in central Henan province, where widespread floods have killed thousands of cattle.

“The rotting carcasses of dead animals easily produce pathogens, but there are not enough disinfectants,” the China Livestock Association said on its website after farms in Tanyin County were flooded.

Heavy rains last week caused the worst flooding in the province in centuries, killing at least 71 people. According to Chinese media reports, more than a million animals have died and 1,678 large livestock farms have been affected.

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