Russia: African swine fever kills over 100 pigs
An outbreak of African swine fever virus in south
Russia's Stavropol Region has so far killed 115 pigs, the regional veterinary
service has said.
News agency RIA Novosti reported that the outbreak was reported on October
15 in the village of Gorkaya Balka at a farm containing over 6,000 pigs. Later
tests confirmed the deaths were caused by the African swine fever virus.
First registered outbreaks of the highly contagious virus occurred in
1903 in South Africa, but are rare outside the region. Last spring in Georgia,
which borders Russia's North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia, outbreaks
occurred in 10 regions, leading to a total of 20,000 pigs being
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