African swine fever is under control in Russia

07-10-2011 | |

The actions aimed at preventing the spread of African swine fever has seen a positive effect. Currently, veterinary services are succeeding in containing the infection in some states of the Russian Federation, this was announced at the latest meeting of Antiepizootic commission composed of government officials, heads of health departments, Rospotrebnadzor, and some veterinary agencies.

The committee members discussed the plan of further measures to further prevent the spread of the virus in new districts.
 Substantial progress has been made in Tver region and the Leningrad region, where according to veterinarians the measures were timely and have helped to completely eliminate the risk of virus spread, not only to the households, but also to wild nature. However according to experts it is too early to relax.

According to experts, the main reason for the spread of African swine fever in the recent months was the unauthorised transportation of pork products and live pigs from regions where the virus outbreaks were been detected, as well as use in infected food waste in animal feeding.

Nowadays the problem is solved partly solved. In order to avoid dangerous situations, the Antiepizootic Commission monitoring the status of wild boars.  In the near future an awareness education program will be launched with private farms, so that the most effective ways to prevent animals infection can be considered.

Currently, the Krasnodar region is where veterinary services are actively struggling with the ASF. The last outbreak was recorded here in the region in September.

(By Vladislav Vorotnikov)

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