News last update:Jan 26, 2011

Russia fears new outbreaks of African swine fever

The Russian veterinary service fears new outbreaks of African swine fever in Russia which has recently been carried to the country from the neighbouring southern territories, in particular Georgia.

By Evegen Vorotnikov
According to Russian scientists, currently African swine fever remains one of the most dangerous cattle diseases in the world due to that damage to the agricultural and meat industries it can cause. 
Most dangerous for meat industry
"African swine fever is the most dangerous disease for the meat industry of any country," stated an official source in the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance. “Usually it means not only destroying animals, but even the buildings.”

Meanwhile, the disease may become a threat also to the EU, while the main source of the virus could be the Baltic countries –  new members of EU.

In recent years several cases dangerous disease outbreaks have been registered there, however, fortunately, it did not result in any epidemics.

Currently the European Union fears a repetition of the last year’s situation in Georgia, where nearly one month African swine fever had destroyed almost all the country's pig population.


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