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African swine fever found in a large pig shed in Estonia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Thursday, 21 July, Latvia’s Food and Veterinary Service received information from the Estonian Veterinary and Food Service that an outbreak of African swine fever was noted in a pig shed that housed 4,091 pigs in Lääne-Viru County of Estonia.

This is the fifth confirmed case of ASF in Estonia this year, as reported by FVS.

After receiving this information from their Estonian colleagues, Latvia’s FVS announced a warning to all farmers in Latvia who have pigs to strictly follow bio-security requirements. Pigs are not allowed to be kept outside, all contact with wild and wandering animals must be prevented (this also applies to birds that sometimes fly into sheds where pigs are kept); pigs are not allowed to be fed green feeds (including garden grass), potatoes that have not undergone thermal processing, especially if the pig shed is located close to the forest. It is also not allowed to feed pigs with leftover food.

When tending to pigs, it is important to wear protective clothing and footwear and ensure such clothing is not worn outside of the pig shed. Disinfectant doormats should be put outside the shed to ensure proper disinfection of shoes. It is also important to perform regular and thorough cleaning inside the pig shed. If pigs look unhealthy, a veterinarian must be called in immediately.

Considering the rapid spread of this disease among the population of wild boars in Latvia and news about recent outbreaks of ASF in neighbouring countries, FVS has decided to intensify inspections at local farms.

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