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FVS: swine fever will not affect export to EU

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Domestic pigs in Latvia also have pig plague – the Food and Veterinary Service (FVS) is currently concentrating its attention on testing pigs in Latgale; other regions will need to depend on local veterinarians’ knowledge and experience.

Classic swine fever was recorded in pigs of three households near the borders with Russia and Belarus. Two of those households are located in Piedrujas region, one – Svarini region. Strict quarantine measures have been set on territories where the disease is registered. All 17 infected domestic pigs will be put down and burned, said FVS Director General Maris Balodis in an interview to Latvian Radio.

He revealed that 314 households have been investigated in the territory where the classic swine fever was first discovered. “There are mostly small households in this region, not industrial producers and exporters. Therefore export to the European Union will not be affected. Extort to third countries will need to take into account specific restrictions – everything will depend on third countries’ requests and decisions made in relation to veterinarian requirements,” – said Balodis. He adds that the classic swine fever virus is not contagious to humans. However, consumption of infected meat is not advisable.

In order to limit the spread of the disease, pork and all other substances (food and waste) that could potentially be the source of the disease, will be processed as high risk materials. After disposing of the infected pigs and burning of their remains, a full cleaning and disinfection of transport, premises and equipment will be carried out. A quarantine zone will be set three km around households hit by the disease, as well as a monitoring zone ten km around them. This area will carefully monitor animal and transport traffic.

It is prohibited to transport pigs from household to household within the quarantine and monitoring zone. It is also not allowed to transport pigs from the zone for at least 30 days after disinfection procedures at households. Animal transit through the zone is allowed. It is prohibited to transport other domestic animals without permission from the FVS. Any person going to or leaving the quarantined area where pigs are being kept needs to follow rules of bio-protection – use single-use clothing and carry out hand and footwear disinfection.

It should be added that in the event if the disease is found, households are to receive compensation from the state to cover the damage done to households by the classic swine fever.

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