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News 824 views last update:Feb 13, 2013

New ASF outbreak in Ivanovo region, Russia

A new outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus was registered on 7 December at a private farm in Nikulskoe village, Ivanovo region, Russia. Here veterinary services found one contaminated pig.

This is the first outbreak of the virus in this region this year. An state of emergency was immediately declared in the territory where ASF has been reported. The first threatened zone (the zone where all transferring of livestock goods is strictly prohibited and where most of veterinary measures is implemented) has been set within a radius of five kilometers from the outbreak.

"The outbreak has been localised, all livestock on the private farm of the Nikulskoe village, including cattle, has been culled.

Currently, the veterinary specialists are examining other private farms of the village. So far there are no signs of other sick pigs. However, the decision was made to cull 38 pigs at the farms located in the first threatened zone," said head of the Agricultural and Food department of the region Dmitri Dmitriev.

Dmitriev added that the regional government decided to allocate compensation to farmers who will lose their pigs. About 8000 rubles (US$ 265) will be paid per pig of 100-120 kg of live weight.

Until the quarantine measures are carried out, there is a ban on the territory near the outbreak on the import and export of livestock products of all species, including poultry, as well as harvesting and exporting products and raw materials of animal origin, crop production and trade of animals in any form.

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