African swine fever culls in Russian province
116 pigs have died of African swine fever in the
Prigorodniy and Alagisrkiy districts of North Ossetia prompting farmers to call
on authorities to help them fight the epidemic.
The deputy head of the republic's administration, Stanislav Baskayev,
stated that â€œthere is no vaccine or any other treatment against African swine
fever. We have to cull pigs, there is no other way out,â€ he said.
18,000 pigs have to be culled in the Prigorodniy district, where 1,000 pigs,
including 183 infected animals, have already been slaughtered. The infection was
registered in the Alagir, Digor, Pravoberezhnu and Iraf districts as well.
Experts say zero grazing is an insufficient measure to prevent the virus
from spreading. The most effective measure is to cull all pigs; therefore
150,000 animals are facing slaughter.Subscribe here
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