A quarantine zone shall be established around the ASF holding. In holdings situated in this area, the PVD will strengthen the checks on the health status of pigs and compliance with the biosecurity requirements.
This year, this is the seventh outbreak of ASF for domestic pigs. ASF has been detected in domestic pig holdings in the municipalities of Gulbene, Madona and Krāslava.
The PVD calls on domestic swine keepers to strictly respect biosecurity in the holding – not to place pigs outside and prevent them from coming into contact with wild animals, not to give pigs vegetables and fruit from the backyard garden, as well as food surpluses, and to be careful with the use of litter – shavings, straws, hay. Clothing and footwear must be replaced as well as wear disinfected before leaving the barn. Work tools, wheelbarrows, buckets and other equipment used in the barn must not be used outside it.
If the pigs look unwell, the PVD asks to call a veterinarian immediately.
Biosecurity must be observed on every holding in Latvia where domestic pigs are kept, regardless of their number.