07 July 1999
Foot-and-mouth ravages China

FOOT-AND-MOUTH disease has cut a swathe through Chinas livestock in the countrys central region.

Authorities have taken a number of measures to contain the outbreak, including the slaughtering of herds and the vaccination of livestock.

But the traditionally heavily censored Chinese media is giving few details of the damage that the disease has caused so far.

Russia stopped imports of Chinese meat this week.

This years outbreak has proved particularly difficult to handle because it has been propagated by a mutated virus resistant to vaccinations.

  • Financial Times 07/07/99 page 4