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    First outbreak of ASF among domestic pigs this year registered in Latvia

    RIGA, June 12 (LETA) - The first outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) among domestic pigs this year has been registered in a farm in southern Latvia, the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service said.

    The ASF outbreak has been registered in Kukuli farm in Jaunsvirlaukas county, Jelgava region. There are altogether 165 pigs in the farm.

    The Food and Veterinary Service said it was taking the appropriate measures to contain the disease. The pigs in the infected farm will be culled, and an epidemiological investigation has been launched to establish how the pigs had got the disease.

    A quarantine zone has been established, and biosafety measures in nearby farms will be scrutinized.

    As reported, the previous ASF outbreak among domestic pigs in Latvia was registered in October 2017.

    The disease keeps spreading among wild boars in Latvia. So far this year, ASF has been found in 523 wild boars.

    The ASF outbreak started in Latvia in June 2014 not far from the border with Belarus.

    African swine fever is an extremely dangerous and contagious virus infection affecting pigs. If an infected pig is found in a farm, all pigs in the particular farm have to be culled, which means big losses for farmers.

    • Published: 12.06.2018 15:15
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