African swine fever spreads further in Armenia
After hitting the northern regions of Armenia, the African Swine Fever (ASF)
also hit other areas of the country, particularly the outskirts of the
Armenian capital city.
Despite these alarming developments, veterinary authorities say there is
little to panic about because they have the situation under control and because
the disease does not affect human beings.
Grisha Baghian, chief of an
agricultural ministry's department for food and veterinary safety, said to a
news conference today that they are applying all possible security measures. "We
have surveillance officers as well as farmers trained to recognize the early
symptoms or signs of the disease," he said, urging breeders to properly dispose
off affected pigs by either burning or burying them deep.
He said the
ministry experts have elaborated a plan of brief actions which envisages also
compensations to pig breeders, who lost their animals. He said all markets in
Yerevan and across the country are being watched by specialists to spot any
instance of pork sale.
Russia bans imports
The disease has slipped into Armenia
from neighboring Georgia where it has killed tens of thousands of pigs in
summer. Russia banned imports of meat from Armenia on Wednesday, citing the ASF
outbreak. It also restricted imports of some Armenian agricultural products for
the same reason.
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