Russia’s number of ASF outbreaks increased in October

18-10-2013 | | |
Russia’s number of ASF outbreaks increased in October

The Russian veterinary authorities have reported another 13 outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) once again across various regions, affecting wild boars and domestic pigs, according to a Rosselhoznadzor report for the World Organization for Animal Health.

The report says that a total of 392 pigs were found susceptible, out of which 92 cases were reported. Out of the 92 affected pigs, 81 animals were found dead. A total of 83 pigs were slaughtered.

In the case of wild boars, 54 animals were found susceptible and out of these, ten cases were found. Out of the ten affected boars, eight were reportedly found dead. Two wild boars were slaughtered.

The largest number of outbreaks is still registering in the European part of Russia. Recent outbreaks have been reported in Moscow and Vladimir Regions. Veterinary specialists are also struggling to stop the spread of ASF in the Black Earth Region (Belgorod, Voronezh, Kursk, Tambov, Lipetsk Regions) where the largest pig farms in the country are concentrated.

According to the recent report by Rosselhoznadzor, 2013 was the record in terms of the spread of ASF in Russia.

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Vladislav Vorotnikov Eastern Europe correspondent