Armenia also hit by African Swine Fever
The outbreak of African Swine Fever in the Caucasian region has entered
Armenia as well.
This weekend, Armenian agricultural authorities confirmed reports that
several rural communities in the North-Eastern provinces of Lori and Tavush have
been affected by African Swine Fever (ASF).
Last week, the disease
was reported in the autonomous region of Abchazia in Northern Georgia after a
summer with many outbreaks in Georgia.
Now Armenia, south of Georgia
and north of Iran, has become the next victim of the virus that usually does not
spread north of the Sahara.
Authorities said that in the villages of Vahagnadzor,
Vahagni, Pambak and Dsekh pigs died in mass.
Grisha Baghian, head of food safety and
veterinary medicine department of the ministry, said the infectious disease has
most probably penetrated from neighbouring Georgia, where it has killed already
over 30,000 pigs and where about 22,000 pigs had to be culled.
ministry said it has ordered swift preventive measures to ward off spread of the
In some areas of both provinces the ban on pig
movements and marketing was enforced.
Pig owners were told to burn
the carcasses of dead pigs and also strict entry and exit controls between all
infected and free areas have been enforced, all vehicles and people entering and
leaving farms must undergo strict disinfection procedures.
meantime, veterinary officials from the Georgian ministry of agriculture have
met with their Abkhaz and Russian colleagues to discuss the outbreak of the
disease in the regions affected
Related news items:
pigs in east Abchazia should be killed"
(23 Aug 2007)
Georgia: more cases of African Swine Fever
â€¢ Armenian ministry of
ministry of agriculture
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