RIGA - Eleven new cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been recorded in Latvia's wild boar population in the outgoing week, the Food and Veterinary Service reported.
This week, ASF cases were found in the municipalities of Tukums, Ludza, Balvi, Aizkraukle, Ogre, Saldus and Talsi.
So far this year ASF has been found in 219 wild boars in 80 parishes of 22 municipalities of Latvia.
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.