A group of feeder pigs were being transported from Taiwan to the Penghu islands when vesicular lesions were found on some of the animals. Subsequent tests confirmed the presence of the FMD virus.
All of the pigs have now been slaughtered and further testing is being carried out on samples taken from the animals.
The source of the outbreak is so far unconfirmed. Investigators have carried out an inspection of the farm in Taiwan where the pigs came from but found no evidence of further infection. They have also visited all of the farms keeping cloven-hoofed animals in a 3km radius from the origin farm, but again found no signs of infection.
In December, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture confirmed an outbreak of FMD in the country’s Hubei province. A total of 24 infected pigs were identified in Badong but officials said that the epidemic was under control after the infected animals, along with 71 other pigs from the same farm, were slaughtered.