Georgia: African Swine Fever is contained
Georgian authorities have prevented a major spread of
African Swine Fever, that had already killed thousands of pigs, the
nation's deputy agriculture minister announced.
In recent months, authorities in the former Soviet republic have isolated
pigs and prohibited their transport, killed pigs whose owners couldn't be found
and disinfected areas affected by the disease, Bakur Kvezereli told the
of pork also has been banned at shops and markets in Georgia's capital of
Tbilisi, and other areas.
"Today we can say that thanks to the measures that have
been taken, we have managed to prevent the further spread of the epidemic," the
deputy minister said.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had
warned that the disease could have a catastrophic economic impact unless it was
The FAO said the virus might have entered Georgia through
imported frozen or processed pig meat. Pigs can get the disease by eating
infected meat or tissues or by contact with infected animals or contaminated
African Swine Fever killed some 30,000
pigs in Georgia. Kvezereli said more pigs are expected to die in the affected
areas of the Caucasus Mountain nation.
Last week, Russia announced
that it has restricted imports of farm animals and raw meat from
More on African Swine Fever can be read in the upcoming
issue of Pig Progress.
Related news items:
â€¢ UN warns for ASF outbreak in Georgia (12 Jun 2007)
Georgia confirms outbreak of African Swine Fever (8 Jun 2007)
â€¢ Associated Press
â€¢ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
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