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New outbreaks of ASF in Russia

New outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) registered in the Kaluga and Tula regions of Russia, according to a report by Russian veterinary service Rosselkhoznadzor. Both regions are located in the southwest of the country.

According to the report, samples of pathological material selected from six dead pigs from one of the private farms in the Mosalskiy District, Kaluga region as well as three dead domestic pigs from  Przemysl District, Kaluga region have identified an ASF gene.

The disease has never been reported in Przemysl District, said the report. At the same time in the Tula region the gene was found in samples of a material selected from the carcasses of five pigs, illegally buried in Povalyaeva village of the Zaoksky district.

At the same time, leading German virologist Professor Thomas Mettenlayter, director of the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health - the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) said the recent actions of the European Union in response to the outbreaks of ASF were effective, while the same can hardly be said about Russia.

He added that all outbreaks in the EU are still reported at the border with Russia and Belarus so it is not fair to blame Poland or the Baltic countries in not responding correctly to the ASF threat.

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