Taiwanese animal health authorities have reported an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in cattle and pigs in Kinmen County, a small archipelago of several islands administered by the Republic of China.

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) received the report  Feb. 24. A total of 98 pigs were found susceptible, out of which 26 cases were positive. All 98 pigs were destroyed. In the case of cattle, one animal was found susceptible and destroyed.

The source of the outbreak is unknown, according to reports.

Zhang Zhongqui, Director General from the China Animal Disease Control Centre at the Ministry of Agriculture's Veterinary Bureau in Beijing also reported an outbreak of FMD in Ningxia, located in northwest mainland China, on the Loess Plateau.

The OIE received the notification Feb. 22. The disease was confirmed Feb. 21. The positive cases were found in cattle and 22 animals were destroyed.

The OIE has not determined the source of the outbreak.