Abkhazia starts pig slaughtering to fight ASF
The autonomous region Abkhazia in the north of Georgia
has started massive slaughterings of pigs to prevent the further spread of
African Swine Fever (ASF).
Sergey Bagapsh, de facto president of Abkhazia, said slaughter of pigs was
the only way to tackle the disease.
"If we fail to undertake decisive
measures against the disease, border with Russia might be totally closed down
for our agricultural products," Bagapsh said. "And this will be a final blow for
The Russian Federation banned the
export of agricultural products from the territory of de facto Abkhazia on
Monday. Russia has reportedly cited the spread of ASF in Abkhazia as the
reason for the decision.
Bagapsh also organised a special
meeting and promised the farmers to pay compensations to
Meanwhile, more details have appeared about
the outbreak of ASF in Armenia, south of Georgia, have become clear. The World
Organization for Animal Health (OIE) received reports of outbreaks at six locations, all in the northern
part of the country, in the provinces Lori and Tavush.
veterinary service reported a total number of 657 animals that died as a result
of the outbreak and another 517 that had to be destroyed.
have been applied, like movement control inside the country, screening,
quarantine and zoning.
The outbreaks were discovered in the beginning
of August this year.
South of the Sahara
Swine Fever is caused by a virus that normally only exists in Africa, south of
the Sahara. Also on the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean the disease is
known to have been endemic.
The Caucasian region has been affected by
ASF since the beginning of June this year, when the first outbreaks were
reported in Georgia. There, about 30,000 pigs died and about 22,000 pigs had to
It is thought that the disease spread from there to
other locations in the region.
Related news items:
â€¢ Armenia also hit by African Swine Fever (27 Aug 2007)
pigs in east Abchazia should be killed" (23 Aug 2007)
more cases of African Swine Fever (21 Aug 2007)
Georgian swine fever outbreak deliberate? (4 July 2007)
fever further spreads in Georgia (29 June 2007)
â€¢ Georgia: African Swine Fever is contained (18 June 2007)
UN warns for ASF outbreak in Georgia (12 June 2007)
â€¢ Georgia confirms outbreak of African Swine Fever (8 June
â€¢ World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
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(Photo: Institute for
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