Georgia: more cases of African Swine Fever
In the former Soviet state of Georgia another outbreak
of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported, the website of the World
Organization for Animal Health OIE reports.
The outbreak was confirmed near the towns of Babushari and
Latta, both in the autonomous region of Abkhazia, in the North of
The information was provided on Friday by Dr Levan
Ramishvili, chairman of the veterinary union at the country's ministry of
agriculture in Tbilisi.
The animals were found suspect on August 3rd; ASF was
confirmed after a necropsy of the animals. Out of a group of 400 animals, 341
animals have been found carrying the disease. A total of 59 had to be
The pigs are thought to be infected by fomites, so the
carrier of the disease could have been humans, vehicles or feed.
result of the outbreak, Georgia applied a number of measures, like movement
control inside the country, disinfection of the infected premises, quarantine
and vaccination. Affected animals are not treated.
More ASF reports
It is not the first time ASF was
reported in Georgia this summer. In April, May and June, the disease caused
Russia to close its borders for Georgian pork when ASF was reported in 52 out of
65 districts in Georgia.
More than 30,000 pigs died and a total of
22,000 pigs had to be culled. It is estimated that the country has about 500,000
pigs, kept mainly in backyards and small farms.
Swine Fever - unlike Classical
(CSF) - generally does not spread north of the
Sahara. Only the Italian island of Sardinia is known for ASF infections. There
is no vaccine for the disease.
Georgian swine fever outbreak deliberate? (4 July 2007)
â€¢ Swine fever further spreads in Georgia (29 June 2007)
â€¢ Georgia: African Swine Fever is contained (18 June 2007)
â€¢ UN warns for ASF outbreak in Georgia (12 June 2007)
â€¢ Georgia confirms outbreak of African Swine Fever (8 June 2007)
â€¢ World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
â€¢ Georgian ministry of agriculture
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