Swine fever further spreads in Georgia
National control is needed now that African swine
fever is present in 52 out of 65 districts in Georgia*. More than 30,000 pigs
died and a total of 22,000 pigs have been culled
Controlling animal movement and slaughtering infected pigs is the only way to
prevent the disease from spreading to healthy animals, wildlife and even local
ticks, a UN food agency said. "With rapid and appropriate control measures, it
may be possible that confined pig farms and even some districts can be kept free
of infection," the agency said in statement.
However, without such interventions, there is a real risk
that Georgia may lose most of its pig population to African swine fever in the
coming months." According to the agency, neighbouring countries have not
reported outbreaks, but nations that share borders with Georgia should be on the
Georgia reported that outbreaks began at the end of April
in 10 regions across the country. It has about 500,000 pigs, kept mainly in
backyards and small farms, the agency said.
*) Georgia, the country
in Central Europe, not the state of Georgia in the USA.
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