ASF may have already entered Lithuania

22-01-2014 | | |
ASF may have already entered Lithuania

It is possible that African Swine Fever (ASF) has already spread to Lithuania, according to the Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselhoznadzor.

Russia is pressing Lithuania to step up checks for African Swine Fever (ASF) following reports that large numbers of dead wild boar have been found close to the country’s border with Belarus.

Sergey Dankvert, head of Russia’ state veterinary service Rosselkhoznadzor, raised the issue with his Lithuanian counterpart Jonas Milius on the sidelines of the ‘Green Week’ agricultural conference in Berlin.

According to a number of local Lithuanian media reports the several dead wild boards has been found in the Aleut area of the country. According to areport by GRYNAS. The Food and Veterinary Service of Lithuania already registered the first outbreaks of ASF on its territory but has still not disclosed any information as it is afraid of the economic effect will have.

The Department of Food and Veterinary Service of the Aleut area of the country confirmed the mortality; however it is too early to say what its cause is. Currently the samples of the carcasses of the dead wild boars have been sent to laboratories, the results are expected soon.

Vladislav Vorotnikov Russian correspondent