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African swine fever continues to spread in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe spread of African swine fever has expanded in nearly all EU member states where this disease was previously noted. One exception is Poland, notes Latvian Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs.

In his interview to Rīta Panorāma programme, the minister noted that there is a difference between the spread of the disease in the wild and in a domestic environment. It spreads quicker in the wild than it does in a domestic environment, where it is possible to protect pigs from it by following bio-safety rules. On top of that, the last case of ASF spreading among domestic pigs – in Dubna – took place as a result of the owners not following bio-safety rules.

Food and Veterinary Service notes ASF has already been noted twice for domestic pigs this summer. One case was noted in Dubna, Daugavpils on 16 June. The other one took place in Cibla at the beginning of July. Even though the owners were well-informed and all bio-safety rules had been complied with, the disease found its way to the farm nonetheless. It is possible that it was carried with freshly cut green feed.

Prior to this year’s cases, the last time ASF was noted in Latvia was 17 September, 2014.

FVS also notes that berry pickers and mushroom pickers may find not only find berries and mushrooms, but also dead wild boars. This is especially likely for summer, when the risk of ASF rises significantly. Residents are urged to report all sightings of dead animals to FVS.

In order to reduce chances of the disease spreading further, it is necessary to burn the carcass of the dead animal as soon as possible. With that, residents are asked to provide as precise information about their location as possible. Residents must not come close to or touch the carcass.

After coming back home for berry-picking, mushroom-picking, hunting of other forest activities, experts recommend residents to wash the soles of their shoes. This especially applies to residents who own pigs or are employed by someone who does.

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