GUANGZHOU, March 2 (Xinhua) -- A total of 8,382 pigs have been culled after a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in south China's Guangdong Province, a local animal husbandry and veterinary official said Monday.
The National Foot-and-Mouth Disease Reference Laboratory confirmed the outbreak Monday, said Yu Yedong, deputy director of Guangdong Provincial Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Bureau.
A suspected foot-and-mouth outbreak, involving 1,474 pigs, was reported in Huangjinwei in Baiyun District in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, on Feb. 22.
The outbreak led to the culling of all 8,382 pigs in Huangjinwei, including the affected 1,474, Yu said.
The province reported no further foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks.
Foot-and-mouth disease is a highly contagious and sometimes fatal illness that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including cattle, pigs, sheep and goats.