New African Swine Fever cases reported in Eastern Latvia

  • 2015-08-13
  • BNS/TBT Staff/RIGA

A series of new African Swine Fever (ASF) cases in domestic pigs have been reported in three eastern Latvian districts, Staicele, Ambeli and Vecsaliena.

The information was given to BNS by Ilze Meistere, a representative of the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service on August 13, 2015. 

The ASF cases have been found in a small farmstead with one pig in Staicele, a farmstead with six pigs in Ambeli and a farmstead with three pigs in Vecsaliena.

The already established critical ASF area will not be expanded since all three outbreaks have occurred within its territory, Meistere said.

The veterinary service is taking measures at all three farmsteads to prevent the infection from spreading further.

The measures include establishing a three kilometre protection zone three around the affected farms and a 10km monitoring zone around the farms. 

The movement of domestic pigs and wild boars, as well as their transportation will be closely monitored in these territories. 

Also, a 40-day ban has been imposed on taking pigs or pork meat out of these areas.

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