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Yet another ASF outbreak now alarming Russian pig industry

Russian swine experts have expressed their worries after yet another African Swine Fever outbreak has been confirmed, leaving 68 pigs dead on a farm in the Krasnodar region, located in the West Caucasian area.

The outbreak was confirmed on a farm of the agricultural industrial complex ‘Banner of Lenin’, near the village of Staroshcherbinovskoy, located in the area’s Shcherbinovskiy district. 

Veterinary services are currently carrying out a complex of necessary measures to localise the infection, Rosselkhoznadzor for the Krasnodar region reported. 

Local farmers said that the impact of this ASF outbreak can be incredibly destructive. The farm is located in the ‘heart’ of the pig industry of Krasnodar Region, and according to official figures, total pig numbers in this area amounts 20,687 head.

The veterinary services already have reported that in a few nearby farms a suspicion exists for more animals carrying ASF. 

Stop the spread
Representatives of the Pig Association were quoted to say, "If we can not stop the spread of fever now, if it will cover neighbouring farms, it is very likely we won’t be able to stop it at all. The whole pork industry of Krasnodar region is endangered now and perhaps the neighbouring regions soon can be affected too. ASF has never been so real and serious threat, which it is now."

In the Krasnodar region a state of emergency was introduced, and Ministry of Emergency Situations forces, as well as all veterinary services, were alarmed. (By Vladislav Vorotnikov)

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