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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUResults of laboratory tests performed on samples collected from dead pigs found in Tukums confirms the presence of African swine fever virus, as reported by Latvian Food and Veterinary Service.

Previously, confirmed cases of ASF infection in wild boars were registered around Baldone, approximately 80 km away from Tukums, as BNN was told at FVS.

FVS urges hunters to pay close attention to any developments in forests and strictly follow all hygiene rules when hunting.

FVS also reminds that if hunters hunt down or find a dead wild boar within the ASF quarantine zone, hunters are obligated to contact the regional office of FVS or a veterinarian to take samples for laboratory tests.

Judging from the recent discovery of ASF virus near Tukums, it can be concluded that the illness has unexpectedly found its way to territories that were previously free of ASF.

As of 29 July, ASF was found in 667 wild boars in 58 counties of 182 parishes and 2 towns, as well as one domestic pig shed which housed 50 pigs.

FVS reminds all animal keepers, especially those who have domestic pigs, to follow all bio-safety precautions to protect their livestock from the illness and prevent the disease from spreading further in the country.

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