The outbreak of African Swine Fever in the Caucasian region has entered Armenia as well.
This weekend, Armenian agricultural authorities confirmed reports that several rural communities in the North-Eastern provinces of Lori and Tavush have been affected by African Swine Fever (ASF).
Last week, the disease was reported in the autonomous region of Abchazia in Northern Georgia after a summer with many outbreaks in Georgia.
Now Armenia, south of Georgia and north of Iran, has become the next victim of the virus that usually does not spread north of the Sahara.
Authorities said that in the villages of Vahagnadzor, Vahagni, Pambak and Dsekh pigs died in mass.
The ministry said it has ordered swift preventive measures to ward off spread of the disease.
In some areas of both provinces the ban on pig movements and marketing was enforced.
Pig owners were told to burn the carcasses of dead pigs and also strict entry and exit controls between all infected and free areas have been enforced, all vehicles and people entering and leaving farms must undergo strict disinfection procedures.
In the meantime, veterinary officials from the Georgian ministry of agriculture have met with their Abkhaz and Russian colleagues to discuss the outbreak of the disease in the regions affected .