Russian pigs culled to contain fever outbreak

15-01-2009 | |

Around 7,000 pigs are being culled in Russia’s Stavropol region after an outbreak of African swine fever began to spread.

A Stavropol region veterinary official told Interfax that 1,000 animals were culled Wednesday at the Rostovanovsky collective farm, bringing the total to around 2,600. The farm had 6,500 pigs, and there are another 640 within the quarantine zone, said Viktor Sankin, the region’s head veterinarian.

The disease was first detected Jan. 8, and about 200 pigs have died of the infection. An earlier outbreak in the Stavropol region in October was contained, according to a report.

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