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Dangerous African swine fever found in domestic pigs in Belarus

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDomestic pigs in Belarus, Grodnya Region (40 km away from the Lithuanian border) have been diagnosed with African swine fever. The State Veterinary Service of Belarus has introduced a strict quarantine over the area.

This dangerous disease was previously found in Georgia, Ukraine and Russia. In Latvia, wild pigs are screened in laboratories not just for the presence of classic swine fever, but also the recently found African swine fever. Latvian Food and Veterinary Service reports that no signs of the infection reaching Latvia have been found so far.

In order to prevent any cases of infection, FVS reminds all pig owners to keep their animals indoors and avoid all contact with wild pigs.

The African swine fever is a very dangerous, highly contagious viral disease that affects pigs. In the event of contamination, all pigs within a designated area are to be put down in order to prevent even more losses from the disease.

Animals struck by the illness generally have increased body temperature (40-42 C), their eyes water often, they are a lot less active, often seen lying on the ground. If they do walk, however, they have serious movement coordination problems. Animals die within 7-10 days after infection.

The FVS reminds that it is the sole duty of the owner to make sure his livestock are safe from the disease. So the service reminds – if the owner finds that one of the pigs looks unhealthy or acts in a n unusual way, the veterinary service should be informed of this as soon as possible.

Seeing as how the fever has been discovered in several regions of Russia, the FVS introduced safety measures along the border as well. All transport heading from the Russian Federation are to undergo disinfection quality and disinfection documentation inspection.

The African swine fever is very resilient to external factors. It can survive +4 C temperature for 150 days. It can live up to 140 days in dry salted ham. Its general resilience peaks in frozen products – up to several years.

It is prohibited to carry meat and meat products to the European Union from third countries. The African swine fever is harmless to humans.

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