More African Swine Fever outbreaks are being reported from Russia – this time in wild boar in the Torzhok district of Tverskaya Oblast, a region at about 230 km north west of Moscow.
The newspaper Rossijskaja Gazeta reported that the Tver Interregional Veterinary Laboratory confirmed genetic material of African Swine Fever (ASF) in samples from twelve boars. The animals had been killed by hunters.
The lab’s results were sent to the office of the Russian Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) for Tver and Pskov regions. The State Veterinary Inspectorate of the Tver region was also urged to take actions to prevent the spread of virus.
The regional government have been reported to plan to allocate 106 million roubles (US$3.68 million) to localise and prevent the spread of ASF in the Tver region.
This programme will enable veterinary services in the region to solve one of the most pressing issues – the lack of a laboratory of its own for studying dangerous animal diseases. At the moment inspections have to be done in Moscow, which simply takes time.
Constantine Vostryakov, head of the department of the State Veterinary Inspectorate, said that he expects that about 70% of this amount is to come from the federal budget.
In the past two years the Tver region has been noted as one of the regions that is most troubled with ASF. This year, the Tver region has reported one other outbreak of ASF in the wild nature this year. Previously, ASF was detected in a wild boar carcass found near the village Lesnaia, again in the Torzhok district.
(by Vladislav Vorotnikov)