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Three new outbreaks of ASF recorded in Belarus

New outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) have been registered in the Stolbtsy district of the Minsk region of Belarus, according to Ctolbtsovskaya District Veterinary Station officials.

In the press-release the outbreaks were reported in the villages of Rochevichi and Sopkovschina by the Litvenskogo village council, as well as in the village of Rusaki by the Rubezhevichskogo village council. Outbreaks were also reported near the capital - the city of Minsk.

"We are destroying pigs when we receive a positive laboratory result for the presence of ASF. If one pig in the village is infected then we have to cull the entire village pig population," explained the representative of the veterinary station of the Stolbtsy district of the region.

According to the preliminary experts estimations at least 3,000 pigs will be culled as the result of these outbreaks. The officials of Belarus have not publish data on the number of pigs to be culled. However, local media reported that veterinary specialists are culling pigs in the whole territory of Belarus in private farms trying to prevent a further spread of ASF.

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